Trump's firing of FBI head Comey triggered probe — Ex-FBI official

Monday, 18 Feb, 2019

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe publicly admitted that after the firing of James Comey, national security officials strategized on invoking the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office.

A short clip of entire 60 Minutes segment aired Wednesday on CBS Morning, but the more interesting part came in the panel discussion afterward, in which Pelley described what he found to be the "most illuminating and surprising thing" they discussed: the eight days that followed President Donald Trump's firing of then FBI Director James Comey.

The eyebrow-raising remarks almost caused Rosenstein to leave the department when it was first reported past year, but he managed to stay on and continue overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"I can't confirm that", he said.

On Thursday, the Justice Department issued a statement saying that Rosenstein rejected McCabe's account calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect". He said he would subpoena the former F.B.I. director and the deputy attorney general if necessary, the New York Times reports. Because parts of the memo authorizing that appointment remain classified, America doesn't know the full reason why Rosenstein thought a special counsel was warranted.

"I can't describe to you accurately enough the pressure and the chaos that Rod and I were trying to operate under at that time", McCabe said, referring to himself and Rosenstein.

Trump has since railed against McCabe dozens of times on Twitter.

The Atlantic published an excerpt from his new book, where he recounted unusual conversations with Trump after Comey's firing.

McCabe was sacked as Deputy FBI Director literally hours before he would have been eligible for retirement and his pension, in what McCabe has insisted was a politically-motivated attack.

McCabe was sacked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March following an inspector general report that concluded he misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

His comments immediately drew the ire of Mr Trump, who accused Mr McCabe of being a "puppet" for Mr Comey, before labelling him a disgrace to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a disgrace to the US.

We are seeing both effects here. "And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russian Federation, our most formidable adversary on the world stage", McCabe said during the interview. "Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos".

The president, in short, was taking the word of Putin over his own top advisers.

But we have had more than a few books on these subjects, and McCabe eventually returns to the threat he clearly wants to alert the nation to now.

There also were "multiple" offers from Rosenstein to wear a recording device while talking with the president, he claimed.

McCabe, a lifelong Republican, told investigators he felt he was isolated appropriately from his wife's political activity but the criticisms endured in the campaign and the press. Jill McCabe's campaign received a contribution from Terry McAuliffe, who was then the state's Democratic governor. Terry McAullife, a top deputy of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A man who fell in love with the FBI is now the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation for alleged false statements. But such a hearing before a Senate committee with a massive TV audience watching might also be uncomfortable for others involved. Trump appears as an insecure bully who rules by instilling and enforcing fear.

"He was absolutely serious", McCabe told Pelley.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled Rosenstein's order in response to allegations McCabe made in a yet-to-be-aired interview with CBS, the content of which was partly revealed on February 14.