McCabe: I walked into FBI every day as acting head expecting to be removed

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE says in a newly published interview that he expected to be removed last year as acting head of the FBI every day he was in the position.

McCabe told Politico in an interview earlier this month that was published after his firing Friday that he learned he “might not be in the position for a long time” when he was picked to be the agency’s acting head last year after then-Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE's firing.

McCabe said that as he held the position following President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE's firing of Comey in May, he worked to make sure the probe into Russia's election interference would continue.


“I literally walked into the building every day expecting that I would be removed from my position before the end of the day,” McCabe said. “And if that happened, I didn’t want anyone to be able to just walk away from the work that we had done.”

Trump eventually tapped Christopher Wray in June to lead the bureau. 

But while he was acting head, McCabe said that he pushed Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE to appoint a special counsel for the Russia investigation.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate 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 Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE to lead the probe, which has reportedly looked at claims of obstruction of justice surrounding Trump's firing of Comey.

McCabe also told Politico that he had briefed top congressional leaders — the a group known as the “Gang of Eight” — about his actions.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE fired McCabe on Friday night for not being forthcoming during an inspector general review.

McCabe defended himself, saying he was honest with investigators and claiming that his firing was an attempt to undermine Mueller's probe, of which he is a potential witness.