‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday questioned if former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir MORE opening a probe into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE could be viewed as a "coup" attempt.

"Are they trying to overthrow the government? Was this a coup?" Kilmeade asked Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHill, Holmes offer damaging impeachment testimony: Five takeaways Putin: 'Thank God' election interference accusations have stopped amid US 'political battles' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Witness dismisses 'fictional' GOP claims of Ukraine meddling MORE (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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Nunes did not directly respond to the question, but he accused the FBI of opening "a counterintelligence investigation into a political party based on dirt and opposition research from another political party.” 

“It is something we should never do in this country," he said. "Every American should be outraged by this. This has been buried by the mainstream media for years now. This has gone on two years. It is absolutely absurd.”

The exchange came just hours after CBS aired a segment of an interview with McCabe in which the former official said he ordered an obstruction of justice probe into Trump immediately after ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 reasons why impeachment fatigue has already set in Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day Chris Wallace on Yovanovitch testimony: 'If you're not moved, you don't have a pulse' MORE’s firing.

McCabe, who spoke with "60 Minutes" ahead of the release of his book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," said that he took the step in order to document and protect the Russia investigation due to concerns it may “vanish.”

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

McCabe also said that top Justice Department officials discussed forming an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office following Comey's dismissal in May 2017. 

Trump hit back Thursday, referring to McCabe as a "disgraced" official who “pretends to be a 'poor little Angel'” after the interview surfaced.

McCabe was dismissed in March 2018 after an internal watchdog report found he misled investigators who were looking into FBI leaks about its probe into the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 presidential race.