Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe leaving post ahead of planned retirement

Deputy FBI Director McCabe, a Trump target, steps down

But Sanders said Trump stood by his criticism of McCabe and the White House had "some concerns" over McCabe's work at the bureau.

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives", Trump wrote.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, criticized by President Donald Trump and other Republicans for alleged bias against him and in favor of his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has stepped down, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser - an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe's wife made in 2015.

A career civil servant McCabe was appointed deputy director in 2016.

A person close to the matter confirmed that McCabe will still formally retire in March, but is leaving the deputy director position now, and plans to use leave time to fill out his remaining time at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that the IG report looks into actions taken by McCabe and other bureau officials during the campaign, when the FBI was probing both Hillary Clinton and the Trump camp's ties to Russian Federation.

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Special prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller is now in charge of leading the investigation.

The US leader has repeatedly called the allegations "fake news" and claimed the FBI was biased in pursuing the investigation. In December, McCabe was grilled behind closed doors by lawmakers on some of those panels for hours.

Democrats have said those inquires are meant to undermine and distract from Mueller's investigation.

The Justice Department's inspector general is conducting his own review into the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation. His role supervising the email investigation has come under renewed scrutiny.

The FBI says McCabe followed the proper steps to avoid conflicts of interest.

Republicans have seized on text messages exchanged between the two as evidence of bias.

Strzok and Page used words like "idiot" and "loathsome human" to describe Trump during the campaign. Page left the investigatory team after her 45-day detail ended in July.

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