Andrew McCabe: Congress knew about FBI probe into Trump and 'no one objected'

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said he briefed a bipartisan group of congressional leaders about the FBI’s counterintelligence operation into President Donald Trump in May 2017, and that none of them objected.

“No one objected — not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts,” he said Tuesday in an interview on NBC’s “Today,” ahead of the release of his book about his time at the FBI under Trump. 

McCabe — who replaced James Comey after Trump abruptly fired him in May 2017 amid the bureau’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia — previously confirmed that as acting director, he signed off on the opening of two investigations into Trump: one investigating whether Trump obstructed justice when firing Comey, and another investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and whether Trump won the 2016 presidential election with the aid of the Russian government.

The investigations are now under the purview of special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed after Comey’s sudden dismissal.

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UNITED STATES - MAY 11: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe prepares to testify during the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing on 'World Wide Threats' on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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UNITED STATES - MAY 11: From left, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, appear during a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Hart Building titled 'World Wide Threats' on May 11, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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The FBI thought it “might be possible” that Trump was working for Russia, McCabe said Tuesday.

“Why would any president of the United States not want the FBI to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election?” he asked. 

McCabe also attempted to clarify previous revelations, including alleged discussions among Justice Department officials about removing Trump from office using the 25th Amendment, and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggesting he wear a wire in order to record his discussions with Trump.

McCabe said he chose not to mention either in the book because talk about them had “become a quite a distraction from the points that I am trying to make.”

But he suggested discussions about the 25th Amendment did occur, and he insisted that Rosenstein’s comment was not made in jest, as was previously reported.

“It wasn’t a joke. He was deadly serious,” McCabe said.

The Justice Department has denied McCabe’s account, saying that Rosenstein “rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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