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The FBI official is under investigation for allegedly manipulating a document used to obtain a FISA warrant of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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"My understanding is this: Andrew, you can't talk about it," Cuomo said in introducing McCabe. "You're restricted from discussing the report of the investigation."
"I've currently reviewed the report. I'm in the process of doing that," McCabe replied. "I’ve agreed not to speak about it in any way until that process is over,"
"OK, I'll respect that," Cuomo said.
The alleged altering of the FISA warrant request, per CNN, was uncovered as part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's probe into whether the FBI followed proper protocol and internal bureau guidelines upon applying for a warrant to surveil Page in 2016.
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McCabe was signed by CNN in August.
The 51-year-old was fired from the FBI for misleading investigators about unauthorized disclosures to the media in April.
In August, McCabe sued the Department of Justice and the FBI for the firing, calling the termination a "scheme" by President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE to remove "partisan opponents."