Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe indicated in a Tuesday interview that President Donald Trump could be a Russian asset.
McCabe, who was a guest on “Anderson Cooper 360”, said it was possible Trump was working on behalf of the Russian government.
“I think it’s possible. I think that’s why we started our investigation, and I’m really anxious to see where (special counsel Robert) Mueller concludes that,” he said when asked by Cooper if he believed the President was a Russian asset.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said McCabe’s comments should not be believed because they are “hardly dignifying with a response” and he is a liar.
However, that didn’t stop him from saying that Trump undermined top U.S. law enforcement agencies for his own political gain.
“This President is undermining the role of law enforcement, undermining the role of our intelligence infrastructure and negatively impacting the men and women of the FBI, and across the intelligence agencies, (and their) ability to protect this country on a daily basis,” McCabe said in his interview with CNN’s Cooper.
McCabe’s comments come only days after he said in another interview that top U.S. officials opened an investigation into whether Trump was acting at Moscow’s behest after the President fired former FBI Director James Comey. They also follow his remarks that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire and record the President, while senior officials discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
McCabe was fired from the bureau only days before he retired and has since then frequently criticized Trump. The President, on his part, has accused the former acting FBI director of misconduct that he claims proves a wider conspiracy against him in the Justice Department.
“Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a “poor little Angel” when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of “insurance policy” in case I won…” Trump wrote on Twitter last week.