McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE said Thursday that it was "absolutely" time to launch an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.

CNN's Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals Trump takes shot at Cuomo's brother ahead of Oval Office meeting MORE asked McCabe, "Do you believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted based on what you understand and what has come out of the Mueller report?"

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"Absolutely," McCabe responded, pointing to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation, which found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiring with Moscow to interfere in the election, but did not exonerate him with regards to obstruction of justice.

"I think we are clearly there with the results of the special counsel team," McCabe said. "There are so many witnesses who could provide important, essential testimony to Congress that can only be done in the scope of an impeachment inquiry."

"Action should be taken immediately," he continued, and it is "beside the point" whether the inquiry results in articles of impeachment.

McCabe was fired from the FBI last year after an internal report found he was not forthcoming with investigators.

He responded that his dismissal was part of a larger effort by the administration to discredit the FBI and the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller's report detailed numerous contacts that Trump associates and campaign members had with Russian figures during the 2016 race.

The special counsel declined to make a prosecutorial decision about whether the president obstructed subsequent investigations into the interference, but outlined 10 “episodes” of behavior that his team investigated for possible obstruction of justice.

Several Democrats, and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Barr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (R-Mich.), have called for proceedings to be initiated based on those results.

Democratic leadership has urged patience, saying the House should focus on its other investigations into the Trump administration, and on passing legislation.