FBI’s McCabe Opened Russia Probe on Concern Case Might ‘Vanish’

‘I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe admitted he ordered a probe into President Donald Trump, engaged in conversations about the possibility of removing the president under the 25th Amendment, and confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire around Trump.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” which is scheduled to air on Sunday before the release of McCabe’s new book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” McCabe told CBS News’s Scott Pelley about the FBI’s efforts to figure out “what to do” with Trump.

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe told Pelley when asked why he ordered an obstruction of justice probe into the president. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

McCabe said he took the action after speaking to Trump hours after the president fired his boss, former FBI Director James Comey, in May of 2017.


McCabe was fired in March of 2018, a day before he became eligible to vest for his full pension, and it was later revealed that McCabe had lied to FBI agents about leaking information to the press.

Trump slammed McCabe on Twitter this morning for promoting the “Russia hoax” theory.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and 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,” McCabe told Pelley, justifying his decision to abuse his position of authority.

McCabe also said his first meeting with Trump “troubled” him.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and just won the election for the presidency. And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage,” McCabe said of the meeting with President Trump. “And that was something that troubled me greatly.”

Pelley said McCabe discussed DOJ meetings shortly after Comey’s firing in which Rosenstein discussed possibly wearing a wire when talking to Trump about whether the vice president and Cabinet could invoke the Constitution to remove the president from office.

The Justice Department in a previous statement claimed Rosenstein was being sarcastic, but McCabe said he repeated it more than once and the suggestion was taken seriously.

“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” Pelley said on the show. “These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president.”

Trump said his administration was right to be wary of McCabe and other corrupt FBI officials.

“Many of the top FBI brass were fired, forced to leave, or left,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Following the “60 Minutes” interview, some members of Congress demanded that McCabe and Rosenstein testify anew.

“After Mr. McCabe’s ’60 Minutes’ interview, it is imperative that he, and others, come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to fully explain how and why a FISA warrant was issued against Carter Page and answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the committee.

And Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said a new special counsel is needed.

“America’s Justice Department is supposed to be impartial, yet under Rosenstein and Comey it has fallen short of their standards,” he said in a statement. “Rosenstein and McCabe, among others, must go before Congress to answer for these allegations, and I am again calling for a second Special Counsel who can investigate (and, if necessary) prosecute these bad actors. If true, these revelations may represent one of the greatest subversions of the American people in our history.”

Content from Bloomberg News was used in this story, distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser also contributed.