Andrew McCabe: Top lawmakers were told the FBI was investigating Trump and 'no one objected'

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During an interview on “60 Minutes,” former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe hints at “inappropriate relationship” between Trump and Russia.
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WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders did not object when they were informed two years ago that the FBI had opened a counter-intelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, the bureau’s former acting director, Andrew McCabe, said Tuesday. 

In an interview on NBC’s Today show, McCabe said the secret briefing before the group of lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight occurred in the chaotic days of 2017 after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

McCabe said the president’s action, in part, prompted him to order the extraordinary inquiry into whether the president was acting on behalf of the Kremlin and posed a possible national security threat to the country.

While briefing lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, D-N.Y., McCabe said none of the members opposed the action “not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds or based on the facts.”

“No one objected,” McCabe said in the interview.

The briefing was on the same day Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate the possibility of coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russian efforts to sway the election in his favor. 

McCabe, who had served as the bureau’s deputy director, was elevated to acting FBI director after Comey was fired. He was later fired for misleading Justice Department investigators about his contacts with the media. McCabe made the remarks while discussing his new book in which he describes troubling interactions with the president, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Asked if he thought, Trump may have posed a threat to the United States, McCabe said: “We thought that might be possible, yes.”

Trump has blasted McCabe’s book, asserting that the former FBI official’s conduct was akin to “treason.”

 

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