FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has been attacked by President Donald Trump, stepped down Monday, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.
It has been rumored that McCabe might step down by the end of the year in order to retire. But it is now reported that that McCabe is immediately “stepping down” from his role, however, he will remain on the FBI payroll until he is eligible to retire with full benefits in mid-March. A source close to the situation said that Andrew McCabe is exercising his retirement eligibility and characterized his decision as “stepping aside.”
Many are questioning the potency of the House Oversight Committee — the same folks who thought the Benghazi investigation should last right up until the apocalypse — and they’re just content to watch this “resignation” of an FBI director following sustained harassment from the president himself and assorted other Congressional Republicans. NBC News’ Kurt Bardella says, “Unfortunately, the vigilance that Congressional Republicans so enthusiastically and productively embraced in 2013 has instead been replaced with cowardice in 2018.”
But McCabe’s was not the only newsworthy retirement announcement this week. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), a very powerful House Republican just announced he will not seek reelection, which will open up an otherwise locked Republican seat to a very competitive race. Frelinghuysen is also House Appropriations Chairman. His departure brings the total number House committee chairmen who are leaving Congress to eight.
Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat will become the 33rd open House seat that the GOP is going to have to defend in 2018, according to a Daily Kos tracker.
The Republicans are going to have their work cut out for them. The latest polling data from Quinnipiac University asked:
“Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?”
Of respondents — 70% disapprove while 24% approve; 6% were unsure.