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FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his post at the FBI, NBC News first reported Monday.
Reports surfaced last December that he would retire in 2018, once he became eligible for his full pension. Although he is stepping down effective immediately, he will remain on the FBI payroll until March when his benefits kick in.
McCabe, who served as acting FBI director between the firing of James Comey last May and the appointment of Christopher Wray in August, came under Republican fire over the last year as an avatar of alleged partisan slant in federal law enforcement, originally due to his wife Jill McCabe's ties to Democratic politics in Virginia. President Trump has frequently attacked McCabe as being too close to Comey and the Clintons, taunting him on Twitter for waiting out his pension and repeatedly questioning his objectivity in overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
On Monday, former attorney general Eric Holder called McCabe "a dedicated public servant who has served this country well."
"Bogus attacks on the FBI and DOJ to distract attention from a legitimate criminal inquiry does long-term, unnecessary damage to these foundations of our government," Holder said.