Trump relaunches attacks on McCabe ahead of former FBI official’s new book

Trump relaunches attacks on McCabe ahead of former FBI official’s new book

Then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, 2017. He was accused of lying to FBI agents about media leaks regarding the agency’s 2016 investigation into the Clinton Foundation. He had denied lying to investigators. He was fired 10 months later.(U.S. Senate screengrab)

(UPDATE 1:12pm EST): White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issues a statement largely echoing Trump’s tweet:

Andrew McCabe was fired in total disgrace from the FBI because he lied to investigators on multiple occasions, including under oath. His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely baseless investigation into the President. His actions were so shameful that he was referred to federal prosecutors. Andrew McCabe has no credibility and is an embarrassment to the men and women of the FBI and our great country.”

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at Andrew McCabe, tweeting that the former acting director of the FBI is “a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country.”

The heated tweet comes the week before McCabe releases a book detailing his tenure within Trump’s orbit.

Excerpts of a “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday on CBS were broadcast Thursday morning, including a segment in which McCabe explains why he opened an obstruction probe into Trump after the president abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground,” McCabe said. “If somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision.”

According to CBS’ Scott Pelley, who conducted the interview, McCabe also confirmed reports that Justice Department officials weighed working with the cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment in an effort to remove Trump from office.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, 2018 — just over 24 hours before he was set to retire with full benefits after a 22-year law enforcement career with the agency, and two days before his 50th birthday. Sessions said the decision was rooted in an Inspector General report concluding that McCabe lied to investigators about conversations he had with the media, but McCabe and his legal team have argued that the firing was politically motivated.

The earliest McCabe likely can receive his full pension is when he turns 57 in 2025.

McCabe’s book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

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