DEVELOPING: Today AG Sessions & Deputy AG interviewing top DOJ & FBI officials to replace McCabe as “acting” FBI Chief until successor named.
McCabe, a 49-year-old from Virginia, is a controversial figure for Republicans, as questions have been raised about his involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russia election probe because his wife, Dr. Jane McCabe, has run for office as a Democrat and has ties to top Clinton donors and allies.
Many Trump supporters on Twitter are calling for McCabe to be fired along with Comey. A search for a new director began immediately after Comey was fired, the White House said. The new FBI director will need to receive approval from the Senate.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement announcing Comey’s firing. A senior administration official told NBC News’ Mark Halperin that Trump met with McCabe “in the Oval Office this evening for about 30 minutes”