Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the “relentless attack” he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday.
“I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years,” said McCabe, who is promoting his new memoir, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump.”
Trump’s attack is one of the reasons he wrote his book, he said in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from his own firing, the probe into Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, and FBI morale.
He also said in the interview that he believes his own firing just hours before his retirement “sends an unbelievably chilling message to the rest of the men and women of the FBI.
McCabe was dismissed from the FBI in March 2018, following a tumultuous relationship with Trump, after the President fired former FBI director James Comey over the investigation into the Trump election campaign’s alleged connections with Russia.
Trump, who has frequently criticized Comey, McCabe and the Russia inquiry, on Thursday attacked McCabe on Twitter as a leaker and a “disgrace to the FBI.”
In June 2017, Comey told a Senate committee he believed Trump had directed him to drop a probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of the broader Russia investigation.
McCabe himself was later fired by then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation watchdog report that found McCabe leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions. McCabe said he was targeted over the Russia probe.
In the Morning Edition interview, McCabe said he has an ongoing civil lawsuit against the Department of Justice over the circumstances of his firing.
He said he believes the report by the FBI’s Office of Inspector General used as the basis of his dismissal was biased against him. He pointed to the personal attacks Trump has launched against him on Twitter and said of the OIG, “I don’t believe they were independent or fair.”
In a portion of the @60Minutes interview you did not see last night, former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells @ScottPelley about Rod Rosenstein’s decision to hire a special counsel to lead the Russia investigation. pic.twitter.com/Ps3USMYxlA
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 18, 2019
Not everyone was amused by former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s claims:
Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019
Are there any other attempts outside of actual assassinations where domestic enemies within the government have tried to unseat a duly elected American president beside this one? https://t.co/Hh9RvypqDs
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 18, 2019
The sheer hatred and animous McCabe is expressing for Trump, isn’t he just proving Trump was completely justified in firing him? You cannot have this type of bias in your adminstration.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) February 18, 2019
Jason Chaffetz: FBI’s Andrew McCabe should be on trial, not a book tourhttps://t.co/jFfzYrkRQl
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) February 18, 2019
Andrew McCabe is the last person anyone should believe.
He leaked classified information.
He lied to investigators 4 times – 3 under oath.
The American people know a baseless smear against @realDonaldTrump when they see one, and that’s exactly what his book tour is.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 18, 2019
Reuters contributed to this report.
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