The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, hasresigned.
Andrew McCabe was pressured to quit by FBI Director Christopher Wray ahead of his due retirement date on March 18.
A CBS News report says Mr. McCabe has quit in advance of an inspector general report examining the FBI.
His exit from the top law enforcement agency comes a week after a report that President Trump wanted him out.
An internal communication authored by Mr. Wray shows Mr. McCabe’s early departure was the result of a forthcoming FBI inspector general report that concluded the agency must perform at the highest standards, according to CBS News.
Earlier on Monday, the New York Times reported that Mr. Wray had expressed an interest in moving Mr. McCabe to another job, which would have been a demotion, ahead of the inspector general report.
It is unclear when the report will be released.
Speaking in Monday’s daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “This decision was not made by the White House.”
She said Mr. Trump had not been part of “this decision making process”.