Excerpts from Daily News
McCabe, 49, began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1996. After 20 years with the FBI he was promoted, by Director James Comey, to deputy director in early 2016.
But McCabe’s tenure as deputy director has had its share of partisan strife; most notably in October when it came to light his Pediatrician wife, Jill McCabe, had landed a $467,500 donation for her 2015 state Senate run from a PAC tied to Virginia governor and longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.
Jill McCabe wound up losing that election; but news of the donation last fall prompted outcry from Republicans, who pointed out her husband was later tasked with overseeing the FBI probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Mr. McCabe is also a long time friend of Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta. Mr. Podesta is a long-term associate of the Clintons and was President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff from 1998 until 2001. Mr. Podesta also owns the Podesta Group with his brother Tony, a major lobbying firm and is the Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington DC-based think tank. Mr. Podesta is deeply involved in the Hillary e-mail scandal.
McCabe on Feb. 15 told White House chief of staff Reince Priebus a New York Times story detailing Trump campaign aides’ alleged contacts with Russian officials prior to the election was not true, according to multiple reports; possibly violating Justice Department rules that govern contact between the White House and FBI officials.
McCabe became acting director after President Trump fired FBI Director Comey on May 10, 2017.
Aside from McCabe, possible names floated for the gig include former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). This is the short list as of May 12 and will surely change by the time this is printed.