Trump tweets target FBI deputy director after reports of retirement plans

Key Points
  • President Trump tweeted about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Saturday.
  • The Washington Post reported that McCabe plans to retire in early 2018.
  • The president also targeted McCabe's wife, resurfacing false claims that she received donations from Hillary Clinton in 2015 for her Virginia state senate campaign.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee with the other heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump lambasted Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI, on Twitter on Saturday.

The president repeated false statements about McCabe's wife and donations she received during a 2015 campaign for Virginia state senate.

@realDonaldTrump: How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Hillary Clinton, donated almost half a million dollars to Jill McCabe through his political organization. Later, Andrew McCabe would help oversee the Clinton email investigation.

Trump also tweeted about reports that the deputy FBI director intends to retire in early 2018.

@realDonaldTrump: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!

The president's remarks come after The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that McCabe plans to retire after he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits.

A Justice Department official told NBC News that there McCabe has not formally notified the agency of his intent to retire. The official confirmed, however, that McCabe would be able to retire with benefits in March. The person said the FBI director is not required to indicate his intention to retire this early.

On Thursday, McCabe sat down for a transcribed interview with two House committees investigating the bureau's handling of the Clinton email investigation last year.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

— NBC News, Reuters and CNBC's Tucker Higgins contributed to this report.