Andrew McCabe

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Andrew McCabe
File:Andrew McCabe official portrait.jpg
Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office
February 1, 2016 – January 29, 2018
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Mark F. Giuliano
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office
May 9, 2017 – August 2, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by James Comey
Succeeded by Christopher A. Wray
Personal details
Born Andrew George McCabe
(1968-05-05) May 5, 1968 (age 49)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Spouse(s) Jill McCabe
Education Duke University (BA)
Washington University in St. Louis (JD)
File:Andrew G. McCabe.jpg
McCabe speaking in 2016

Andrew George McCabe[1] (born May 5, 1968) is an American attorney who was most recently the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018.

From May 9, 2017 to August 2, 2017, McCabe was the Acting Director of the FBI after James Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that McCabe was one of several candidates under consideration for Director. President Trump ultimately chose Christopher A. Wray, the former Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Criminal Division, to succeed Comey.[2] Once Wray was sworn in, McCabe returned to the position of Deputy Director.[3]

He announced his resignation as deputy director on January 29, 2018.[4]


McCabe graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986.[5] He graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained a J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993.[6][1] During law school he interned in the criminal division of the United States Department of Justice.[6] Because of a hiring freeze,[6] McCabe spent three years in a private law practice before joining the FBI in 1996.[7]

McCabe began his FBI career in the New York Field Office.[7] While there, he was on the SWAT team.[8] In 2003, he began work as a supervisory special agent at the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force.[9] Later, McCabe held management positions in the FBI Counterterrorism Division,[7] the FBI National Security Branch[10] and the FBI's Washington Field Office.[11] In 2009, he served as the first director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, a program to research interrogation techniques that was created after the Department of Defense Directive 2310 ban of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques.[6] McCabe was part of the investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.[8] McCabe secured the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala for suspected involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack.[8]

FBI Director James Comey appointed McCabe as Deputy Director of the FBI on January 29, 2016, and he assumed those duties on February 1, 2016.[12]

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee are investigating McCabe for concerns that he should have recused himself from the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server because of a potential conflict of interest caused by donations to his wife's Virginia State Senate campaign.[13][14] FBI documents released in January 2018 showed that McCabe had in 2015, before his wife ran for political office in Virginia, notified the FBI about his wife's plans and consulted with the FBI about how he would avoid a conflict of interest.[15] The documents showed that McCabe followed FBI protocol regarding potential conflicts of interest.[16] McCabe did not oversee the Hillary Clinton email server probe while his wife was running for office and he was excluded from FBI investigations into public corruption cases in Virginia.[15] According to USA Today, "the internal documents, published on the FBI's website, support what the bureau has asserted previously: that McCabe had no conflicts when he assumed oversight of the Clinton investigation. His role began in February 2016, following his appointment as deputy director and three months after his wife, Jill McCabe, lost her bid for a state Senate seat."[15]

On May 9, 2017, McCabe became acting Director of the FBI after President Trump dismissed James Comey as Director.[17] In the absence of a Senate-confirmed Director, the Deputy Director automatically becomes acting Director.[10] Statute allows the president to choose an interim FBI director (acting Director) outside of the standard order of succession.[18] That process began on May 10, 2017, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed four candidates to serve as interim FBI director.[19] Sessions said that McCabe was "also under consideration."[19] Shortly after President Trump fired Director Comey, McCabe visited the White House for an introductory meeting in the Oval Office with the president, during which time the president asked McCabe who he had voted for in the 2016 election.[20]

On January 29, 2018, McCabe stepped down from his position as Deputy Director of the FBI.[21]

Personal life

McCabe is married to Jill McCabe, a pediatrician, who was a Democratic candidate for the Virginia state senate in 2015.[citation needed] They have two children. McCabe is a triathlete who bikes 35 miles to his office from his home in Virginia.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The School of Law" (PDF), One Hundred and Thirty-Second Commencement, Washington University in St. Louis, p. 35, 1993 
  2. Thrush, Glenn; Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (2017-06-07). "Trump Picks Christopher Wray to Be F.B.I. Director". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  3. Max Kutner. Under New Bureau Head, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to Remain as Deputy, Despite Trump’s Allegations. Newsweek. 2 Aug 2017
  4. "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepping down". January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  5. "McCabe '86 Named Acting FBI Director". The Bolles School. Retrieved May 13, 2017. [dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Wilber, Del Quentin (May 5, 2016). "FBI's new second-in-command makes decisions, not headlines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Andrew McCabe". CNBC. September 26, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Adam Goldman; Matt Apuzzo (12 May 2017). "Andrew McCabe Is Known at F.B.I. for His Precision and Intellect". The New York Times. p. A18. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  9. Clemens, Jay (July 31, 2015). "Andrew McCabe Named FBI Associate Deputy Director". ExecutiveGov. Executive Mosaic. Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Williams, Janice (2017-05-09). "President Donald Tump said "a search for a new permanent FBI director will begin immediately"". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  11. Wilkers, Ross (24 October 2013). "Andrew McCabe Appointed FBI Natl Security Branch Lead". ExecutiveGov. Executive Mosaic. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. 
  12. "Andrew G. McCabe Named Deputy Director of the FBI" (Press release). Federal Bureau of Investigation. January 29, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  13. "Grassley Examines Potential Conflicts in Top FBI Official’s Role in Russia Collusion Probe". 28 March 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  14. Kutner, Max (May 10, 2017). "FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe is also under review for the Clinton email investigation". Newsweek. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "FBI documents: Andrew McCabe had no conflict in Hillary Clinton email probe". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-05. 
  16. "Emails released by the FBI shed new light on deputy director's recusal from Clinton probe". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  17. Strohm, Chris; Talev, Margaret; Dennis, Steven T. (May 9, 2017). "Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey Amid Russia Meddling Probe". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  18. "Designation of Officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Federal Register. 14 February 2007. pp. 7341–7344. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 Keith, Tamara (May 10, 2017). "Despite Recusal Pledge, Sessions Interviewing Candidates For Interim FBI Director". NPR. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  20. Tatum, Sophie (23 January 2018). "Washington Post: Trump asked acting FBI director McCabe who he voted for in 2016". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2018. President Donald Trump asked acting FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election in an introductory Oval Office meeting, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing several current and former US officials. The meeting happened in May, not long after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, according to the Post. 
  21. Pramuk, Jacob (2018-01-29). "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, frequent target of Trump's ire, steps down: NBC News". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Mark F. Giuliano
Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Preceded by
James Comey
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Succeeded by
Christopher A. Wray