Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe thinks it's "possible" that President Trump could be a Russian asset.
"That's the important part here", McCabe replied, "no one objected". On Sunday's "60 Minutes" interview, he admitted top national security advisers strategized about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
As the FBI investigated the so-far unproven theory that Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin, McCabe claimed, the president was 'publicly undermining the investigative efforts.
McCain went on to ask McCabe why Comey and McCabe have different versions of what the Federal Bureau of Investigation told the media in 2017.
McCabe disputed the DOJ pushback in his Tuesday interview with NBC and also mentioned that he informed congressional leaders - including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker Paul Ryan - of the counterintelligence investigation shortly after he opened it.
While he was appearing on ABC's "The View", McCabe was asked by Joy Behar whether he believed Trump was "an agent for Russian Federation".
The president wanted his 58.4 million followers to know his side, contending he only criticized Jill McCabe for accepting campaign donations from Bill and Hillary Clinton. McCabe denied it, but Spicer said his answer was "nuanced" and McCabe may believe that his talks with reporters were not necessarily "leaks".
"I mean, look, I know McCabe liked Jim Comey".
McCabe's comments shed light on Trump's public attacks on investigators.
Last spring, after the Justice Department's inspector general found that McCabe had made a leak to the media "designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership", and "lacked candor-including under oath-on multiple occasions", he was sacked by former attorney general Jeff Sessions.
While Barr is now in place at the Justice Department, Democrats in Congress have suggested he should recuse himself from overseeing the final phase of Mueller's investigation, citing a memo he sent to the Justice Department a year ago criticizing Mueller for looking into Trump's firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice. "The longtime Deep Stater said that while he has speculated that the president might be a "witting asset" of Russian president Vladimir Putin, he ranks the possibility quite low". He added that Sessions' racism made it "a challenge to try to make sure the attorney general was getting the benefit of the intelligence we were presenting him".