Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe joins NBC's "Today Show" to talk about his new memoir, “The Threat,” chronicling his experience working for the Trump administration, plus his opening of an obstruction of justice investigation into the president.
McCabe revealed for the first time that the FBI informed the Gang of Eight congressional leaders --which included at the time McConnell and Paul Ryan—that the FBI opened up a counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump after the firing of James Comey.
He said: "The purpose of the briefing was to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we’d been doing. Opening a case of this nature, not something that an FBI director, not something than an acting FBI director, can do by yourself, right?"
"This is a recommendation that came to me from my team, I reviewed it with our lawyers, I discussed it at length with the deputy attorney general, and I told Congress what we had done," he said. "No one objected, not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts."
"Today Show" host Savannah Guthrie asked him: "Was it your suspicion and the reason you opened this investigation that you thought the president might actually be working on behalf of Russia?"
"We had a number of very concerning things that we were considering at this time," replied McCabe. "One of them was the fact that the president in our view had gone to extreme measures to potentially impact, negatively impact, possibly turn off our investigation of Russian meddling into the election and Russian coordination with his campaign."
"I mean, it certainly could be," he said about the possibility that Trump was a Russian agent. "I don’t know that for a fact. That was the reason we initiated the investigation. We were concerned, and we felt like we had credible, articulable facts to indicate that a threat to national security may exist. And, in fact, that a crime may have been committed: obstruction of justice."
"My own view of it is that those two things, the obstruction and the national-security threat, are inextricable. They are two sides of the same coin. To not have opened a case under those circumstances, particularly because the person who’s the subject of that investigation is the president, would have been a complete abdication of our responsibilities."