‘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 McCabeDemocrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump Barr back on the hot seat McCabe: 'I don't think I will ever be free of this president and his maniacal rage' MORE opening a probe into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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 NunesTrump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman House Republicans boycott public Intelligence panel hearing Sunday shows preview: Top tier 2020 Democrats make their case before New Hampshire primary 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 ComeyDOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation Raising the Barr isn't always the best way to combat corruption 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.