"That's just remarkable to me".
McCabe had apparently confirmed top officials were looking into invoking the 25th amendment to push Trump out of office following the firing of then-FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reports.
McCabe has written a book, called "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump", in which he writes about the 2016 election and its aftermath, in addition to his career at the FBI. "To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions".
McCabe said the topic was supposed to be how Russian intelligence officers were using diplomatic compounds inside the US to gather intelligence on American spy agencies. McCabe has denied having intentionally lied and said Sunday that he believes his firing was politically motivated.
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe publicly admitted that after the firing of James Comey, national security officials strategized on invoking the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office. He returned to the deputy director role after Director Christopher Wray was confirmed that autumn.
McCabe also said he ordered an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump after talking with him directly after the President fired Comey.
He confirmed reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation began to investigate whether Trump had obstructed justice, and whether he was knowingly or unknowingly acting as an agent of Russian Federation.
"Put together, these circumstances were articulable facts that indicated that a crime may have been committed", McCabe said.
At one point, he authorized an aide to tell The Wall Street Journal that he had stuck up for the FBI's independence in its investigation of the Clintons to try to quash the impression that it was going easy on them.
It was not mentioned in the segment that aired Thursday if McCabe or anyone else approached Cabinet members directly to discuss the idea. Because parts of the memo authorizing that appointment remain classified, America doesn't know the full reason why Rosenstein thought a special counsel was warranted.
"It is alarming that there were apparently folks at the highest levels of our government considering whether or not our president is unfit to serve", Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "Face the Nation".
The FBI's Russian Federation investigation morphed into the special counsel probe. A grand jury has been impaneled in the case but it isn't clear whether prosecutors will bring criminal charges.
The statement released by a Justice Department spokesperson late last week again also denied that Rosenstein pursued the 25th Amendment but it did not address whether the topic was raised. Trump has repeatedly excoriated McCabe on Twitter, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a February 14 statement that he "has no credibility".
But that's not just bad for him, he argued.
Having announced he would retire from the bureau in March 2018, McCabe was sacked the day before he became eligible for full retirement benefits. "Are you seeing that, too?"