Andrew McCabe on Ordering Trump Investigations: I Thought He May Have Won ‘With Aid of Russia’


In an interview with 60 Minutes, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe dished on his meeting with President Donald Trump hours after the firing of James Comey in 2017, and revealed that he ordered an obstruction of justice investigation into the president the following day.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election of the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage, and that was something that troubled me greatly,” McCabe told 60 Minutes of his first meeting with Trump after the FBI director’s stunning firing.

“How long was it after that, that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?” asked CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley.

McCabe said he met with the team investigating the Russia cases the next day.

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” he explained. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision,” McCabe said.

The full interview with McCabe airs Sunday night on 60 Minutes.

Watch above, via CBS News.

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