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CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement MORE is in "a really perilous condition right now," arguing President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE is targeting him for prosecution.

McCabe was ousted in 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited a report by the FBI's inspector general that found McCabe without authority gave information to a news outlet and lied about the leak.

“Look, you can have grievances with James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden to keep Wray as FBI director Comey: 'Republican Party has to be burned to the ground' Juan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump MORE,” Toobin told CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonFor myopic media, breaking up with Trump will be hard to do Don Lemon to ex-CNN colleague McEnany: 'Girl, bye' CNN's Don Lemon says Newsmax will 'never be as powerful as Fox News' MORE on Thursday night, referring to the former FBI director who was fired by Trump in 2017. “The idea [Comey] committed a crime is absurd. The person in a really perilous condition right now is the CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation from the U.S. attorney’s office right now. And, you know, has had his case dangling out there."
 
"The president obviously wants Andy McCabe prosecuted," Toobin added. "And it’s just grotesque that you have the president of the United States behaving this way with the power of prosecution exercised in this way.”
 
On Friday, the Justice Department said it would not bring criminal charges against McCabe.
 
Toobin's comments come after four federal prosecutors resigned from the Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWould Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go MORE case following the Justice Department's decision to back off the original recommendation for the longtime Trump associate to be sentenced to seven to nine years behind bars, which President Trump said was egregious after the recommendation was made public.
 
The president on Wednesday congratulated Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE for “taking charge” of the Stone case, which he dubbed "totally out of control" in a Wednesday tweet.
 


McCabe sued the Justice Department and FBI in August 2019, arguing that his termination was a politically motivated move stemming from Trump's attacks against him and other Justice officials. The 51-year-old was hired as a CNN contributor a few weeks later.

CNN has signed several former intelligence officials in recent years, including former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, who both served during the Obama administration. Other hires include former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOvernight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Mich.).
 
Updated at 12:55 p.m.