Andrew McCabe

Last updated on 10 August 2017

Andrew George McCabe[1] (born May 5, 1968) is an American attorney who is the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On May 9, 2017, McCabe became Acting Director of the FBI after James Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump. He served as Acting FBI Director until August 2, 2017.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that McCabe was one of several candidates under consideration for Director. However, President Trump ultimately chose Christopher A. Wray, the former Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Criminal Division, to succeed Comey.[2] An FBI spokeswoman stated that once Wray is sworn in during the late afternoon of August 2, McCabe will return to his position as deputy director.[3]

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McCabe speaking in 2016


McCabe graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986.[4] McCabe graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained a J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993.[5][1] During law school he interned in the criminal division of the United States Department of Justice.[5] Because of a hiring freeze,[5] McCabe spent three years in a private law practice before joining the FBI in 1996.[6]

McCabe began his FBI career in the New York Field Office.[6] While there, he was on the SWAT team.[7] In 2003, he began work as a supervisory special agent at the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force.[8] Later, McCabe held management positions in the FBI Counterterrorism Division,[6] the FBI National Security Branch[9] and the FBI's Washington Field Office.[10] 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.[5] McCabe was part of the investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.[7] McCabe secured the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala for suspected involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack.[7]

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.[11]

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.[12][13]

On May 9, 2017, McCabe became acting Director of the FBI after President Trump dismissed James Comey as Director of the FBI.[14] In the absence of a Senate-confirmed Director, the Deputy Director automatically becomes acting Director.[9] Statute allows the president to choose an interim FBI director (acting Director) outside of the standard order of succession.[15] 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.[16] Sessions said that McCabe was "also under consideration."[16]


Hillary Clinton email inquiry

In March 2015, Andrew McCabe's wife Jill McCabe announced her campaign for a Virginia State Senate seat.[17] Her campaign received donations amounting to more than $675,000 from former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe's political organization and from the Democratic Party of Virginia.[18][13][19] In July 2015, the FBI initiated its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. At that time, Andrew McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, which provided personnel and resources to the Clinton email probe.[18] Because of this, Republicans have criticized McCabe for not recusing himself from investigations regarding the Hillary Clinton email controversy.[20]

In 2016, the FBI released a statement about her candidacy, saying that Andrew McCabe "played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails."[18] Trump referred to this controversy during his campaign at rallies held in Florida, where he said, "The man who was in charge of the investigation of Hillary Clinton accepted essentially from Hillary Clinton $675,000 that went to his wife."[17][21] Some have attempted to refute any conflict of interest about McCabe on the basis that Jill McCabe's campaign finished several months before he became Deputy Director of the FBI and was brought in to oversee the Clinton email investigation.[21]

Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice, announced on January 12, 2017 that he would be reviewing the allegations that Andrew McCabe should have recused himself, among other concerns about the handling of the Clinton email controversy.[22][23]

2016 election investigation

In February 2017, McCabe was criticized alongside FBI Director James Comey in 2017 for speaking with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about an ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.[24][25]

Personal life

McCabe is married to Dr. Jill McCabe, a pediatrician. They have two children. Andrew McCabe is a triathlete who bikes 35 miles to his office from his home in Virginia.[7]


  1. ^ a b "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.
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  4. ^ "McCabe '86 Named Acting FBI Director". The Bolles School. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Wilber, Del Quentin (May 5, 2016). "FBI's new second-in-command makes decisions, not headlines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Andrew McCabe". CNBC. September 26, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d 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.
  8. ^ "Andrew McCabe Named FBI Associate Deputy Director". Executive Gov. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b 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.
  10. ^ "Andrew McCabe Appointed FBI Natl Security Branch Lead". Executive Gov. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Andrew G. McCabe Named Deputy Director of the FBI" (Press release). Federal Bureau of Investigation. January 29, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "Grassley Examines Potential Conflicts in Top FBI Official’s Role in Russia Collusion Probe". 28 March 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  13. ^ a b Kutner, Max (May 10, 2017). "FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe is also under review for the Clinton email investigation". Newsweek. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Designation of Officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Federal Register. 14 February 2007. pp. 7341–7344. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  16. ^ a b Keith, Tamara (May 10, 2017). "Despite Recusal Pledge, Sessions Interviewing Candidates For Interim FBI Director". NPR. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Moomaw, Graham (24 October 2016). "McAuliffe blames political 'silly season' for article linking Virginia Senate race to Clinton email probe". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  18. ^ a b c Barrett, Devlin (October 24, 2016). "Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  19. ^ "Grassley Examines Potential Conflicts in Top FBI Official’s Role in Russia Collusion Probe". Chuck Grassley. March 28, 2017. Archived from the original on May 12, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  20. ^ Gerstein, Josh (May 9, 2017). "Trump shocks with ouster of FBI's Comey". Politico. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Emery, C. Eugene (October 26, 2016). "Trump says state senate donations led to FBI email coverup". Politifact. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe is also under review for the Clinton email investigation". Newsweek. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  23. ^ Horowitz, Michael E. (January 12, 2016). "2016-01-12 DOJ OIG to CEG et al - Review of Clinton Investigation Process" (pdf). U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  24. ^ Calabresi, Massimo (February 24, 2017). "The FBI Talked to the White House About Its Russia Probe. That Was Probably Against the Rules". Time. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  25. ^ Sciutto, Jim; Perez, Evan; Prokupecz, Shimon; Raju, Manu; Brown, Pamela (February 24, 2017). "FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories". CNN. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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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

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