Dem lawmaker: McCabe's firing part of conspiracy to undermine Mueller
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Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDem on Puerto Rico and Trump: ‘God only knows’ what he'd consider a failure Congress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Virginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence MORE (D-Va.) called the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeCBS in talks for miniseries based on Comey book EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lands book deal MORE a "cruel and sadistic" act that is part of a conspiracy to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation. 

“McCabe's firing two days before his retirement is a cruel and sadistic act against a dedicated FBI official whose only fault is that he wouldn't compromise an investigation of Russian interference and influence,” Connolly tweeted on Saturday. “This is part of a conspiracy to undermine special counsel Mueller.” 

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McCabe responded to the announcement by saying he was fired as part of an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference.

“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” McCabe told The New York Times. “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.” 

Connolly said earlier this month that it was “deeply troubling” how President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE was asking his aides about their interviews with Mueller. 

"That report is deeply troubling. The president knows there's an ongoing investigation by a special counsel. It is completely improper for him to interrogate witnesses after they have provided testimony to the special counsel," Connolly told CNN's Erin Burnett. 

Other Democrats echoed Connolly’s stance, with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDem rep to Trump: 'Did someone slip you truth serum?' Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Authorities: California man arrested after trying to stab GOP House candidate MORE (D-Calif.) saying on Friday that the Trump administration is punishing people involved in the investigation to Trump’s ties with Russia, saying that’s “how guilty people act.” 

McCabe’s former boss, former FBI Director James Comey, was fired by Trump last year and wrote on Saturday that the American people can “judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

The FBI Agents Association condemned Trump's decision, saying personnel decisions should never be politicized.