Andrew McCabe: 'It's Possible' President Trump is 'a Russian Asset'
Former acting FBI director suggests Trump could be Russian spy during CNN interview
Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has blasted the president during a CNN appearance, declaring that "it's possible" that Donald Trump is "a Russian asset."
McCabe, who was fired from the FBI, made the shocking remarks during an interview with Anderson Cooper while promoting his new Trump-bashing book.
During CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" on Tuesday night, McCabe was asked:
"Do you still believe the President could be a Russian asset?"
"I think it's possible," McCabe replied.
"I think that's why we started our investigation, and I'm really anxious to see where (special counsel Robert) Mueller concludes that."
McCabe went on to bash President Trump throughout his interview with Cooper, following similar comments from his recent media tour to promote his new book.
"This President is undermining the role of law enforcement, undermining the role of our intelligence infrastructure and negatively impacting the men and women of the FBI, and across the intelligence agencies, (and their) ability to protect this country on a daily basis," McCabe said.
According to the Daily Mail, McCabe was fired last year by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited his "lack of candor" during an internal investigation into media leaks about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
Earlier on Tuesday, McCabe said that federal law enforcement thought it was possible Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia when the Bureau opened its counterintelligence investigation into him in 2016.
"We had information that led us to believe that there might be a threat to national security – in this case, that the president himself might, in fact, be a threat to the United States national security," he said in a 'Today' show interview.
As his explosive memoir went on sale, McCabe declared that "we thought it might be possible" that Trump was directly working on behalf of Russia during the early days of his administration.
He explained that Trump, in the FBI's view, "had gone to extreme measures to potentially impact, negatively impact – possibly turn off – our investigation of Russian meddling into the election and Russian coordination with his campaign."
As the FBI investigated the so-far unproven theory that Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin, he said, the president was "publicly undermining the investigative efforts.
"He's talking about it as a witch hunt.
"He's talking about it as a hoax."
McCabe also recalled that Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey "to turn off" a probe of his national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
President Trump on Monday labeled as "treasonous" a pair of reported plots by senior Justice Department officials, McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to secretly record him in the Oval Office and gather support for removing him from power.