McCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators MORE, who was fired in March of last year, said Sunday during an interview with CBS's “60 Minutes” that he thinks the investigations he opened into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE led to his exit.

“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States,” McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS.

 

McCabe is referring to investigations launched by the FBI into whether Trump obstructed justice when firing then-Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye MORE and another investigation centered on if Trump was acting in concert with Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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The White House in a statement to CBS News accused McCabe of opening “a completely baseless investigation into the president.”

Trump lauded McCabe’s exit at the time in a post on Twitter, saying it was “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.”

McCabe was ousted by then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE, who cited a report by the bureau’s inspector general that found McCabe without authority gave information to a news outlet and lied about the leak.

In the lengthy interview with host Scott Pelley, McCabe reflected on his tenure at the FBI under Trump since he was promoted from deputy director to acting director after Comey was fired.

McCabe spoke about his “bizarre” interview with Trump when in consideration for the permanent position.