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 McCabeThe FBI and special counsel's horrible, terrible, miserable week Judge will not dismiss McCabe's case against DOJ Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation MORE is in "a really perilous condition right now," arguing President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate 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 ComeyTrump official releases unverified Russian intel on Clinton previously rejected by Senate panel The FBI and special counsel's horrible, terrible, miserable week Americans are tired of Democrats' politicized investigations against Trump MORE,” Toobin told CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN's Don Lemon: 'Blow up the entire system' remark taken out of context CNN's Lemon: 'We're going to have to blow up the entire system' if Democrats win back White House, Senate Scaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers 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 StoneJuan Williams: Trump's Supreme Court power grab Federal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. The agony of justice 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 BarrMueller in rare statement pushes back on top aide's criticism of investigation Flynn's attorney says she recently discussed case with Trump Juan Williams: Trump's Supreme Court power grab 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 ClapperFormer intelligence officials worry Trump debt is counterintelligence risk On China, Biden is no Nixon — and no Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement 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 RogersDemocrats slam DHS chief for defying subpoena for testimony on worldwide threats Remembering 9/11 as we evaluate today's emerging threats Hillicon Valley: Tech CEOs brace for House grilling | Senate GOP faces backlash over election funds | Twitter limits Trump Jr.'s account MORE (R-Mich.).
Updated at 12:55 p.m.