The man who's replaced fired FBI Director James Comey has been heralded by department leaders for his long career investigating organized crime and domestic terrorism.
But the fallout from the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state may still damage the credibility of Andrew McCabe, the acting director set to replace Comey until a successor can be appointed.
Earlier this year, the department's inspector general announced a probe of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Among the points of inquiry, the inspector general promised to focus on whether McCabe should have recused himself from the case because of his family's political ties.
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Before being promoted to deputy director, McCabe's wife Jill took money from Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee while running for state senate.
The Washington Post noted that McCabe alerted a department ethics official at the time of the donation.
McCabe has occasionally found himself in the center of criticism from across the political spectrum.
Earlier this year, McCabe told Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus that a New York Times report about the FBI's examination of the campaign's ties to Russia was inaccurate, prompting Priebus to ask whether the FBI would rebut the story in a briefing to reporters. Some Democrats criticized the White House for attempting to pressure the FBI to speak out during an ongoing investigation.
Still, its not clear that the inspector general's probe will conclude any time close to McCabe's tenure as acting leader.
Fox News' Sean Hannity, who has advised the president throughout his campaign and administration, said Tuesday that the new FBI head would be appointed within days.