With the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey, following a tumultuous season of scandals and accusations being flung from both sides of the aisle, the Trump administration is now coordinating with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. But as the nation longs to return to a state of trust with the FBI, it's important to understand who is leading the charge, albeit temporarily. Here are 10 things you need to know about McCabe.
- McCabe graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He spent three years in a private law practice before joining the FBI.
- McCabe joined the FBI in 1996, working from the New York Field Office. He has helped lead the Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office.
- Starting in 2009, McCabe ran the High-Value Interrogation Group for the FBI. This program was tasked with researching interrogation techniques after the Department of Defense banned "enhanced interrogation techniques," such as waterboarding.
- McCabe became Deputy Director of the FBI in February of 2016, after being appointed by James Comey on Jan. 9, 2016.
- McCabe then became the acting Director of the FBI by legal statute after the termination of James Comey by President Trump. He is also reportedly under consideration to be the interim director as well. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are expected to make an announcement by Thursday for interim director, from a reported pool of four to eight individuals currently being interviewed.
Chris Erickson is an OpsLens Contributor and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier.
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