By Kayla LaRosa 1/30/18

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down before his expected March retirement.

President Trump previously attacked McCabe over the FBI’s involvement in investigating potential collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election campaign season.

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President Trump was notified of McCabe’s departure Monday morning. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the White House “didn’t play a role in any of that process” when asked about McCabe’s decision.

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well,” tweeted former Attorney General Eric Holder. “Bogus attacks on the FBI and DOJ to distract attention from a legitimate criminal inquiry does long term, unnecessary damage to these foundations of our government.”

McCabe, who worked at the FBI since 1996, was scheduled to retire in March, but accumulated enough leave to step down two months earlier. Following the announcement, FBI Assistant Deputy Director David Bowdich has been appointed as the Deputy Director.

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