McCabe says Hill leaders didn't object when informed of Trump investigation

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This is largely because the very same media enterprises that have produced softball interviews with McCabe have also run with the same preposterous Russian collusion claims for nearly three years.

"The president in our view had gone to extreme measures to potentially impact, negatively impact, possibly turn off our investigation of Russian meddling into the election and Russian coordination with his campaign", McCabe said.

"We thought that a potential threat to national security might exist", McCabe said.

"Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe".

Clapper cited Trump's "deference" to Russians and Putin through his campaign and early presidency as indicators that Trump was on the foreign adversary's side. Trump tweeted minutes before he was due in the Oval Office.

"I think it's possible", McCabe said. "I don't know why Jim Comey doesn't remember the conversations that we had in the same way that I do", he said. Although not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to justify the FBI investigation, McCabe, an apparent conspiracy theorist, still insists that there is a chance the president is entirely beholden to Russian Federation. She predicted Trump would be reelected to a second term, despite his legal troubles. "Hey folks, Donald Trump's the president".

Hawley - the chair of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has oversight over the Federal Bureau of Investigation - joins the chorus of Trump allies expressing outrage over McCabe's revelations in his recent press tour for his new book.

"The Mueller investigation is totally conflicted, illegal and rigged!"

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A second person familiar with the talks, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the FBI discussed preserving evidence so that it would outlast any firing or effort to stymie the investigation.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in 2018 less than two days before he was due to retire with a full government pension. McCabe has alleged that his firing was politically motivated - retaliation, he claims, for his opening the case against Trump. In September, a grand jury was impaneled to investigate McCabe and decide whether charges will be filed against him. That case is ongoing.

'The IG report was a disaster, a disaster from his standpoint. In his cover letter over Rosenstein's memo, Trump mentioned that Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under investigation.

"He really looks to me like a poor man's J. Edgar Hoover", added the president.

Campbell did note that McCabe's statements should be taken in context with his history of making false statements.

In his recent interviews, McCabe has offered a bevy of information likely to inflame the president.

"That's the important part here", McCabe said in an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today Show". But McCabe has also been pressed to respond himself to the president's stream of criticism. On Tuesday, Trump announced that he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, who's now deputy secretary of the Transportation Department, to succeed him. This was true, and Trump was frustrated that Comey wouldn't make it public.

By tweeting and talking about McCabe, Trump is amplifying the book's message, Heye said.