Andrew McCabe: FBI had reason to investigate Trump

McCabe says Trump's own words prompted investigation

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President Donald Trump chose to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence officials on North Korea's ballistic missile capabilities, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CBS' "60 Minutes" during a bombshell interview that aired Sunday night.

"He was sacked for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged", Trump wrote in a Monday morning tweet, claiming it appeared McCabe had been "planning a very illegal act" with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"There's an allegation by the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time that the deputy attorney general was basically trying to do an administrative coup, take the president down (through) the 25th Amendment process", Graham said in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russian Federation case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion", McCabe said in the interview.

"I think the general counsel had a heart attack", Mccabe said.

McCabe said he had been invited to meet with Trump in the Oval Office to interview for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director before being fired from the agency.

"I believe I was sacked because I opened a case against the president of the United States", McCabe said. "We're not there yet", McCabe added.

"It's just an astounding thing to say", McCabe continued. "I said, 'I have no idea who people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation voted for".

The "insurance policy" he cited refers to an ambiguous text message a top FBI investigator sent to his lover in August 2016 that alludes to their concerns about then candidate Trump, which the president often points to as evidence of a "deep state" conspiracy against him.

"I was being told by some combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page, that, in a conversation with the deputy attorney general, he had stated that he - this was what was related to me - that he had at least two members of the president's Cabinet who were ready to support, I guess you would call it, an action under the 25th Amendment", Baker told the committees. McCabe said he had pushed for the probe to have an independent overseer, though Rosenstein - who appointed Mueller - had concerns.

US President Donald Trump said Monday a top Justice official's reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an "illegal and treasonous" push against him.

"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 "CBS This Morning" Thursday. "And it was clear to me that that stress was - was impacting the deputy attorney general". I could easily wear a recording device. "He said, "'I never get searched when I go into the White House. "He said, "you know, you actually might get the job.' I said, 'thank you.' He said, 'but if you don't, you'll just go back to being a happy Federal Bureau of Investigation guy".

The president also blasted McCabe last week when "60 Minutes" released portions of the interview.

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