5 things you need to know about the FBI's interim director
(Sinclair Broadcast Group) - While the Trump administration looks for a new director of the FBI, an interim director who has always been under the shadows will temporarily take over.
Former deputy director Andrew McCabe has served since 2016 but has also been under some scrutiny of his own.
McCabe testified to the Senate on Thursday in a hearing about worldwide threats. Here are five things you need to know about the current director.
5. His wife ran for the Virginia State Senate
Dr. Jill McCabe, Andrew’s wife, is a very active member of the Virginia Democratic Party. McCabe ran for the state Senate in 2015 but lost her race. The FBI asserts that McCabe did not participate in his wife’s campaign telling the Wall Street Journal, Mr. McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
4. He wasn’t always destined to be in the FBI
McCabe graduated from Duke University in 1990 then got his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He thought he was going to be a police officer or a prosecutor but an internship at the Justice Department changed his career trajectory. According to the LA Times, “At the time, the FBI had a hiring freeze. So McCabe spent three years in private practice in Philadelphia until he could join the FBI.”
3. President Trump talked about him in a stump speech
Trump said the following during a campaign rally in Florida, “So the head of the FBI who was investigating her, has a wife who wants to run for some office. And they give her not $1,000, not $2,000, not $20,000, not $30,000 — $675,000."
“That’s big money, which was a big percentage of the money she raised, $675,000 to run for office.”
“Now this is the man that is leading the investigation into her. His wife gets $675,000, essentially from Hillary Clinton. Folks, what’s going on here? What’s going on? Our country is rigged, it's crooked, and it’s broken. I’m telling you, what’s going on?”
Trump is referring to donations that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s organization gave to the McCabe campaign. McAuliffe is well known for his friendship with the Clintons.
2. He might have broken some rules talking to Trump’s chief of staff
McCabe held a meeting with President Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus and confirmed to Priebus that a New York Times story alleging that Trump officials had repeated contacts with Russian officials was not true. FBI officials were asked what the Trump administration could do to fix the situation according to NBC News to which the FBI responded saying they had to remain independent of any decisions made.
1. McCabe is passionate about defeating ISIS
In a profile piece with the LA Times, McCabe stressed how defeating ISIS was the most important thing on his plate as a deputy. “That is the scariest thing for me right now,” he said. “It’s the broadening and intensity of the terrorism threat, the crowd-sourcing of terrorism, the flood of propaganda, the enormous number of folks who have become swept up in that propaganda.”