|Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
February 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Mark F. Giuliano|
|Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 9, 2017 – August 2, 2017
|Preceded by||James Comey|
|Succeeded by||Christopher A. Wray|
|Born||Andrew George McCabe
May 5, 1968
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Education||Duke University (BA)
Washington University in St. Louis (JD)
Andrew George McCabe (born May 5, 1968) is an American attorney who is the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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. Once Wray was sworn in, McCabe returned to the position of Deputy Director.
McCabe graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986. He graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained a J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. During law school he interned in the criminal division of the United States Department of Justice. Because of a hiring freeze, McCabe spent three years in a private law practice before joining the FBI in 1996.
McCabe began his FBI career in the New York Field Office. While there, he was on the SWAT team. In 2003, he began work as a supervisory special agent at the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force. Later, McCabe held management positions in the FBI Counterterrorism Division, the FBI National Security Branch and the FBI's Washington Field Office. 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. McCabe was part of the investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. McCabe secured the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala for suspected involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack.
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. 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. The documents showed that McCabe followed FBI protocol regarding potential conflicts of interest. 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. 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."
On May 9, 2017, McCabe became acting Director of the FBI after President Trump dismissed James Comey as Director. In the absence of a Senate-confirmed Director, the Deputy Director automatically becomes acting Director. Statute allows the president to choose an interim FBI director (acting Director) outside of the standard order of succession. 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. Sessions said that McCabe was "also under consideration."
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Mark F. Giuliano
|Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
|Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Christopher A. Wray