McCabe says he was fired because he ‘opened a case against’ Trump | TheHill – The Hill

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe’s 25th Amendment comments ‘taken out of context,’ spokeswoman says The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have ‘owned’ wearing a wire to record Trump MORE, who was was fired by the FBI in March of last year, said Sunday during an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he thinks the investigations he opened into President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE led to his exit.

“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States,” McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS.

 

McCabe is referring to investigations launched by the FBI into whether Trump obstructed justice when firing then director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe’s 25th Amendment comments ‘taken out of context,’ spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have ‘owned’ wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: ‘Thank God’ Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring ‘integrity’ back to DOJ MORE and another investigation centered on if Trump was acting in collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 election.

The White House in a statement to CBS News accused McCabe of opening “a completely baseless investigation into the president.”

Trump lauded McCabe’s exit at the time in a post on Twitter saying it was “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.”

McCabe was ousted by then Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it ‘only hired Irishmen’ MORE, who cited a report by the bureau’s inspector general that found McCabe without authority gave information to a news outlet and lied about the leak.

In the lengthy interview with host Scott Pelley, McCabe reflected on his tenure at the FBI under Trump since he was promoted to acting director Comey’s firing.

McCabe spoke about his “bizarre” interview with Trump when in consideration for the permanent position.

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