Aide defends Trump's attacks on McCabe: Public deserves to know what happened in Clinton probe

White House aide Marc Short on Sunday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's attacks on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying the American people deserve to understand his handling of the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE's emails. 

Short was responding to questions about a tweet from the president earlier Sunday in which Trump railed against McCabe's handling of the Clinton probe, referring to him as "M."

"I think the president believes the American people have a right to know what happened with that investigation," Short told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

"Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, is perhaps the Clintons' closest political friend. He gave a $700,000 contribution to McCabe's wife when she was running for office. At the same time, they were launching an investigation into Hillary Clinton. The American people have a right to know that," he continued.

The president also took aim at McCabe on Saturday after reports said he plans to depart his FBI post in March, when he is eligible for full pension benefits.


He had earlier suggested McCabe might have been compromised by political donations.

McCabe has come under fire from Republicans for his handling of the Clinton probe, as well as the federal probe into Russia's election meddling and alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

He spent hours behind closed doors last week on Capitol Hill being interviewed by members of three congressional committees probing Russia's interference in the election and the FBI's handling of federal probes.