Now that James Comey has been fired from the FBI, Andrew McCabe is the acting director.
Andrew McCabe was formerly the deputy director of the FBI, and he was appointed to that position by James Comey in 2016. McCabe is also reportedly in consideration to permanently become the new FBI director.
Andrew McCabe’s wife is Jill McCabe, who ran in 2015 for a seat in the Virginia State Senate and was at the center of some controversy due to political donations she received from Hillary Clinton allies.
Here’s what you need to know about Jill McCabe.
1. She Ran for Virginia State Senate as a Democrat in 2015
In 2015, Jill McCabe was a Democratic candidate for Virginia State Senate.
The Democratic primary for that seat was held on June 9th, 2015, and during this primary, she ran unopposed.
In the general election, she faced incumbent Republican Dick Black, and Black defeated McCabe in the election. Black received 52 percent of the vote to McCabe’s 47 percent.
“I am disappointed with the outcome tonight. I congratulate @SenRichardBlack on his victory,” Jill McCabe said on Election Day on Twitter. “Thank you to all of my supporters.
McCabe has not run for office again since then.
2. She Is a Pediatric Doctor
When Jill McCabe ran for office, she did not have any political experience; she had worked as a primary care pediatrician, and for the past nine years she has been a pediatric emergency physician.
During the election, McCabe’s opponent, Dick Black, faced some criticism when he mocked McCabe for not having political experience. During the election, he tweeted a graphic showing his experience side-by-side with his opponent’s, with Black listing “doctor and mother” on McCabe’s side as if this should not be considered real work.
McCabe proudly embraced the label of a non politician during the election.
“Jill is a pediatrician, not a career politician,” her website said. “As a doctor and medical administrator, she has devoted her time and energy to improving the lives of all those under her care. In the hospital, Jill solves problems by listening to patients, analyzing data, and weighing the risks and benefits of every potential solution. Rather than shy away from challenging situations, Jill makes difficult decisions every day in order to advance the interests of the patients and families who place their trust in her. As our state senator, she will continue to devote herself to ensuring that your interests come first.”
On her website, Jill also said that she knew she wanted to be a doctor since she was five years old.
3. During Her Campaign, She Promised to Fight for Women’s Issues
During the course of her 2015 campaign, Jill McCabe promised to stand up for women while in office.
“Jill knows that when women earn less than they deserve, it affects their entire family,” her website said. “That’s why she’ll fight to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. She’ll also work to keep politicians out of women’s healthcare decisions. As a doctor, she knows that these decisions should be made between women and medical professionals.”
Her top promise, however, was a more local one: to reduce traffic traffic congestion and gridlock.
McCabe was accused by her opponent of being in favor of late term abortions; this claim earned a Pants on Fire rating from PolitiFact, as McCabe only said she was in favor of late term abortions when the life of the mother is at risk.
4. The Political Action Committee of Terry McAuliffe, a Hillary Clinton Ally, Donated to Her Campaign
The political action committee of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Hillary Clinton ally, gave about $500,000 to Jill McCabe’s campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal.
After this report came out, some took issue with the fact that Andrew McCabe was FBI deputy director, meaning he would be involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, when his wife had received donations from one of Hillary Clinton’s allies. However, he was not promoted to deputy director until after his wife’s campaign had already ended.
The FBI said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
One of the people who took issue with this was Donald Trump himself.
“The man who was in charge of the investigation of Hillary Clinton accepted essentially from Hillary Clinton $675,000 that went to his wife,” Donald Trump said in a speech in October 2016.
In January 2017, Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, announced he would be looking into whether McCabe should have been recused from the Hillary Clinton email case.
5. She & Andrew Have Two Children
Jill and Andrew McCabe have two teenaged children.
Jill McCabe told Lenny Letter that during the election, she woke up at 4:20 every morning in order to take care of her kids.
“I usually wake up at 4:20 during the week because my son’s a swimmer and he swims from five to seven,” she said. “I get him up and get him there or in the car pool. I also find that’s the time of day I can catch up on what’s happened overnight. It’s a weird job working as an administrator of an ER. Early morning is a good time to connect with the night-shift people.”
McCabe added that although she and her husband are very busy, they “try to squeeze in 30 minutes of check-in time with the kids, talking at the dinner table.”