Andrew McCabe Thinks Russia Wanted Him To Head The FBI

Posted February 21, 2019

The comments seemed created to rebut criticism that McCabe has faced from Trump and other Republicans for initiating the investigation into Trump and participating in conversations about other, more dramatic steps against the president.

While he was appearing on ABC's "The View", McCabe was asked by Joy Behar whether he believed Trump was "an agent for Russian Federation". McCabe has said he believes he was sacked because he opened the investigation into Trump.

The former national intelligence director's comments came in the wake of claims by former Federal Bureau of Investigation acting Director Andrew McCabe, who asserted that Trump demonstrated a deference for Putin's counsel over that of his own intelligence agencies. He said that, following the President's firing of Comey and his mention of Russian Federation as part of the rationale, the FBI was "obligated to open the case" as there was an "articulable basis" to believe a "federal crime has been committed". Trump called McCabe "a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin' James Comey".

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"The conversations I had with Attorney General Sessions were unlike anything I had seen from any other attorney general", McCabe said. In regards to North Korea, Trump allegedly said in a meeting that he did not believe the Asian nation possessed missiles capable of striking the US because Putin had told him it did not.

As to why he didn't speak out earlier, McCabe said he felt he had to make an argument in a thoughtful way about how the President is undermining the justice system.

The briefing, McCabe said, was with the Gang of Eight - a bipartisan group of lawmakers comprising the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, as well as the leaders from both parties of the House and Senate intelligence committees. He told Cooper that it was not something he was comfortable talking about, saying it "could go to ongoing investigative matters". I discussed it at length with the deputy attorney general, and I told Congress what we had done'. "Rod did the right thing by putting the right person in charge of that investigation".

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'In this case, ' he said, they feared 'that the president himself might, in fact, be a threat to the United States national security'. 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.

"It was a head-spinning moment", he added.

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