McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators MORE says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's "relentless attack" on the FBI and the Justice Department was one of the reasons he penned his new memoir on his time at the agency.

In excerpts of an NPR "Morning Edition" interview obtained by Reuters, McCabe argued that Trump had begun undermining America's top law enforcement agencies in the early months of his presidency.

“I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years,” McCabe says, according to Reuters.

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Excerpts from the interview were released as Trump himself attacked McCabe on Twitter, accusing the former FBI deputy director of telling "so many lies" in his interviews promoting the book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump," which releases this week.

"Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE, who was hired by Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught," Trump wrote Monday morning.

 

The White House also attacked McCabe's credibility in a statement last week, accusing him of harboring a "destructive" agenda against the president.

“His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely baseless investigation into the president,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday.

In the interview Monday, McCabe also threw cold water on media reports of discussions at the Justice Department about removing Trump via the constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows top executive branch advisers to declare a president unable to function.

“His selfish and destructive agenda drove him to open a completely baseless investigation into the president,” McCabe told NPR.

Previously, McCabe had detailed conversations between himself, Rosenstein and other top Justice Department officials about the possibility of pursuing such a plan.

“Discussion of the 25th Amendment was simply ... Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort,” he said in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes."