Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Chuck Grassley, wants to push out acting FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and wants FBI Director Christopher Wray to do it, reports The Daily Caller.
Grassley believes President Trump needs to steer clear of the matter and wants Wray to remove McCabe instead. McCabe has come under heavy fire recently from Republicans over his roles in the Clinton email and Russian collusion investigations.
“Trump ought to stay out of it. I think it’s a Christopher Wray job,” Grassley told reporters on Monday, reports Bloomberg News.
“He oughta be replaced,” Grassley said of McCabe. “And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it.”
The bureau’s second highest-ranking official, McCabe was recently interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. He will be asked about his role in the Russia investigation and his knowledge about the infamous Trump dossier, the 35-page document written by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
The FBI and Justice Department reluctantly made McCabe available for questioning from one of the three Congressional panels looking into Russian interference in the presidential campaign. Grassley’s committee is also investigating the issue.
McCabe recused himself from the investigation on Oct. 2016 after it was reported that his wife received hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions for a Virginia state bid from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a staunch ally of the Clintons.
Grassley and his Republican colleagues are also interested in McCabe’s knowledge about FBI agent Peter Srtzok’s handling of the Russia investigation. Strzok was kicked off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after it was discovered that he sent anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages to an FBI lawyer who also happened to be his girlfriend.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok wrote to Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer.