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

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' 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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal 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 SessionsTrump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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.