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

FBI acting director Andrew Mc Cabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June 2017

FBI acting director Andrew Mc Cabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June 2017

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed that he was the one behind the orders to start obstruction of justice and counterintelligence probes into President Trump's connections to Russian Federation after meeting with him about his predecessor James B. Comey, who was sacked. His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely baseless investigation into the President.

Trump said that McCabe "gave Hillary a pass".

McCabe personally reviewed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application for a warrant to spy on former Trump-campaign associate Carter Page.

He said it was "not perceived to be a joke" during the tense time-period following Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017.

The Justice Department issued another statement on Thursday, saying that McCabe's account was not accurate.

In an interview with CBS, McCabe said Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in 2017 prompted McCabe to open an investigation into Trump as quickly as possible. The allegations, which McCabe has denied, have been referred for investigation to the US Attorney's office in Washington.

McCabe told 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley the probe was to investigate the president's ties to Russian Federation and he revealed private discussions among senior officials to remove Trump from office.

The Times also reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein even discussed wearing a wire while speaking to Trump, but Rosenstein has denied those reports. "[Inspector General] report on McCabe was devastating".

Two weeks later, the Justice Department said McCabe was dismissed for authorizing an aide to talk to The Wall Street Journal about the FBI's probe of the charitable foundation headed by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and "lacked candor" in discussing it with Justice officials.

More than once, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into the White House to attempt to record incriminating conversations with the president.

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"There is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the [deputy attorney general] in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment", the statement said.

McCabe discussed the days after the May 2017 firing of his predecessor, ex-FBI Director James Comey, in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News.

The meaning of that was not immediately clear.

It was the first public confirmation of the investigation by an official who was involved.

Trump savaged McCabe for his handling of the "Russiagate" investigation, branded a "witch hunt" by the president.

In one encounter that he seems to view as particularly troubling, McCabe wrote that Trump pressed in an Oval Office meeting to visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation, even though he had just fired its well-liked leader.

In McCabe's view, Trump was trying to enlist McCabe in a plan to send a sinister message to employees.

The president also charged that McCabe was part of the implementation of the "insurance policy" in case Clinton lost. "... now what happens is, [Mueller] leaves the office".

McCabe was sacked last March after the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found he misled investigators "about the role he had in leaking information to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation", according to the Washington Examiner. The timing of the firing cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits.

Trump criticized McCabe in a pair of Twitter messages shortly after details of his yet-to-be-aired interview surfaced.

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