According to a recent interview on 60 Minutes – former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that the Russian Counterintelligence probe was kickstarted by President Donald Trump’s own negativity and derogatory viewpoint about the Russian investigation. Which only led the DOJ to kickstart the investigation into high gear with backing by Rod Rosenstein and eventually leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe outlined on Sunday the reasons top officials decided to open a counterintelligence probe and obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump.In an interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes,” McCabe said Trump had been speaking in a “derogatory way” about the Russia investigation for weeks, which they viewed as an attempt to “publicly undermine the investigation.” He said officials were concerned by the President’s “own words.”McCabe said officials looked at the following events:
- Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
- Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “include Russia” in a memo the President requested outlining reasons to fire Comey (which Rosenstein did not do).
- Trump fired Comey.
- Trump made public comments linking his firing of Comey to the Russia investigation on NBC.
- Trump met in the Oval Office with Russian officials where Trump reportedly said that firing Comey relieved “great pressure.”
When asked if Rosenstein was on aboard with opening the investigations into Trump, McCabe told Pelley, “absolutely.”McCabe’s description of concerns closely track that of former FBI general counsel James Baker, who told congressional investigators last year that FBI officials were contemplating, with regard to Russia, whether Trump was “acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will.””That was one extreme. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” Baker told House investigators last year.
“There’s a range of things this could possibly be. We need to investigate, because we don’t know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with — and so he can move forward with his agenda.”McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March following an inspector general report that concluded he misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
“There’s absolutely no reason for anyone and certainly not for me to misrepresent what happened. So no. Did I ever intentionally mislead the people I spoke to? I did not. I had no reason to. And I did not,” McCabe said on “60 Minutes” Sunday.The Justice Department’s watchdog has referred his findings on McCabe to the US Attorney’s office in Washington for possible criminal charges. The case remains under investigation.”