Trump reportedly asked deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election

  • President Donald Trump in 2017 reportedly had a meeting with then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and asked who he voted for in the 2016 US presidential election.
  • McCabe reportedly found the question "disturbing," according to one former official.
  • Trump reportedly had a second meeting with McCabe to interview him for the FBI director role, but had no interest in hiring him.


President Donald Trump reportedly had a meeting in the Oval Office with then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and posed a question McCabe found "disturbing," according to one former official cited in a Washington Post report on Tuesday.

Trump reportedly asked McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 US presidential election, according to current and former officials in the report.

The meeting, held after former FBI director James Comey's firing in May, initially appeared to be an introductory meet-and-greet, until Trump began making pointed remarks about McCabe's wife's political aspirations. Dr. Jill McCabe, who ran as a Democrat for a Senate seat in Virginia, and her campaign received $675,000 in donations from the Virginia Democratic Party and a super PAC operated by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was a supporter of Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 rival.

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Newly installed acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 11: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe prepares to testify during the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing on 'World Wide Threats' on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 11: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe prepares to testify during the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing on 'World Wide Threats' on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 11: From left, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, appear during a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Hart Building titled 'World Wide Threats' on May 11, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, USA - MAY 11: Andrew McCabe, Acting Director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey, speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Worldwide Threats in Washington, USA on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MAY 11: A binder containing classified material marked Secret sits on the witness table in front of Andrew McCabe, Acting Director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey, before a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Worldwide Threats in Washington, United States on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe arrives for a meeting with members of the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees in the Rayburn House Office Building December 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee for ten hours on Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (C) speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L) and Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Andrew McCabe (R) during a press conference at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Although Trump had reservations about McCabe temporarily running the FBI in Comey's absence, he reportedly agreed to it because "there were no immediate better choices," a White House official said to The Post.

Trump eventually had another meeting in the Oval Office where he interviewed McCabe for the director position. The second meeting was reportedly brief, and Trump is believed to have had no intention of selecting McCabe for the position.

Trump has since railed against McCabe and his wife on Twitter, calling McCabe a "Comey friend" and accusing him of political bias.

Trump would eventually nominate Christopher Wray as the new FBI director. Wray was confirmed by the Senate in August. More recently, he has reportedly threatened to resign after being pressured by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire McCabe, according three sources cited in an Axios report Monday.

The report follows other news of Sessions' pressure on Wray and former FBI general counsel James Baker, ostensibly to make way for a "fresh start" at the FBI.

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