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 McCabeTrump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE is in "a really perilous condition right now," arguing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 ComeyBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump punts on Stone pardon decision after sentencing MORE,” Toobin told CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump Yang congratulates Romney for 'voting his conscience and character' in convicting Trump Jill Biden on Lindsey Graham: 'We used to be great friends, and now he's changed' 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 StoneSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime 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 BarrPennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday 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 ClapperTrump's nomination of an unqualified DNI undermines bipartisan intelligence reform Free Roger Stone The risk of a politicized national intelligence director 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 Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — White House to request emergency coronavirus funds | Trump backs off plan to house virus patients in Alabama | Court sides with Trump in family planning case Trump backs off plan to house coronavirus patients in Alabama after GOP objections DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT MORE (R-Mich.).
 
Updated at 12:55 p.m.