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 McCabeNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election Trump cites 'Obamagate' in urging GOP to get 'tough' on Democrats MORE is in "a really perilous condition right now," arguing President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' 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 ComeyFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests MORE,” Toobin told CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBirdwatcher questions whether response to woman who called police on him was 'proportionate' Birdwatcher: Woman's call to police was 'definitely racist' #FireChrisHayes trends after MSNBC host covers Biden sexual assault allegations 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 StoneRoger Stone to surrender to prison by June 30 Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Brzezinski says she arranged call with Twitter CEO to discuss banning Trump 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrValerie Jarrett to DOJ on George Floyd: 'We expect action, we expect justice' Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Flynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show 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 ClapperComey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests Overnight Defense: Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns | Plan would reportedly bring troops in Afghanistan back by Election Day | Third service member dies from COVID-19 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 RogersBottom line Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments Hillicon Valley: Amazon VP resigns in protest | Republicans eye university ties to China | Support rises for vote by mail MORE (R-Mich.).
 
Updated at 12:55 p.m.