Under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his post effective today, multiple news outlets are reporting this morning.
McCabe was on leave, and was scheduled to retire in March. He was the target of criticism from Trump, after the president fired McCabe's boss, James Comey. McCabe is departing several weeks earlier than his previously scheduled retirement date.
McCabe will remain on the FBI payroll until he is eligible to retire with full benefits in mid-March, the sources said.
One source familiar said McCabe was exercising his retirement eligibility and characterized McCabe's decision as "stepping aside."
No comment from FBI reps.
PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe arrives to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer