Andrew McCabe was forced to step down as deputy director of the FBI ahead of his retirement date in March, after being targeted most recently by Republicans for the FBI’s handling of the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. He acted briefly as acting director after President Trump fired the previous FBI director James Comey. Christopher Wray, his successor, recently threatened to resign after being pressured by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire McCabe. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders firmly denied Monday night that the president was part of the decision-making process for McCabe’s removal. “The decision was not made in the White House,” she said. However, Trump had previously asked McCabe whom he voted for, when his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, running as a Democrat for a Senate seat in Virginia, received nearly half a million dollars in donations from a Hillary-Clinton-backed fund. He also asked how McCabe could have handled the FBI investigation against Clinton’s use of a private email service in the light of that donation. This is the subject of a Republican-led congressional committee probe.