McCabe: Conservative media 'obsessed with finding some indication of a set-up' of Flynn

McCabe: Conservative media 'obsessed with finding some indication of a set-up' of Flynn
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Trump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE declared on Friday that "conservative media has been obsessed with finding some indication of a set-up" of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

McCabe, a current CNN contributor, added that Flynn "was not targeted" by the FBI. McCabe was fired from the FBI in 2018 after being accused of lying to investigators about a leak to the media. The Justice Department in February decided against bringing charges against him.

His comments come after the Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop its case against Flynn for charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE took office


"Conservative media has been obsessed with finding some indication of a set-up since this all started several years ago," McCabe, a staunch Trump critic, told CNN "New Day" anchor John Berman. "The simple fact is, it absolutely did not happen."

McCabe pointed to newly disclosed unsealed notes of FBI's former assistant director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap around the bureau's strategy before the Flynn interview.

"What's our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?" reads the Priestap note. "If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ & have them decide. Or, if he initially lies, then we present him [redacted] & he admits it, document for DOJ, & let them decide how to address it."

McCabe told CNN the Priestap notes represented "one person's internal deliberations across the range of options" as the FBI team discussed strategy about how to approach an interview with Flynn.

McCabe also reacted to President Trump's frequent criticism against the FBI's handling of Flynn's case. 

"I would point out that Gen. Flynn was not targeted," McCabe said.

"He was properly investigated in a well-predicated case, a case whose validity has been proven not just by those of us who were involved but later by the Mueller investigation and after that by the inspector general’s investigation," he added, referring to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

"He was investigated because we had reason to believe he presented a threat to national security," McCabe also said. "I still think that those things are worthy of investigation. Apparently the president does not."

McCabe was hired by CNN as a contributor last year, sparking backlash among conservatives.