McCabe: 'It's Possible' That Trump Is Still a Russian Asset

Susan Jones | February 20, 2019 | 6:16am EST
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Former Acting Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe appears on "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture/CBS)

( - "Do you still believe the president could be a Russian asset?" CNN's Anderson Cooper asked fired FBI official Andrew McCabe on Tuesday night.

"I think it's possible," responded the former Acting Deputy Director of the FBI. "I think that's why we started our investigation. And I'm really anxious to see where Director Mueller concludes that."

McCabe authorized both an obstruction of justice investigation and a counter-intelligence investigation into President Trump. McCabe is now on a tour to sell his new book, which is titled: "The Threat: How the F.B.I. Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."


Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018, just before McCabe could begin receiving his retirement benefits. He was fired after the Justice Department inspector-general found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions.

In an interview with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, McCabe was asked about some of the Trump associates who have been convicted of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"What do you say to people who say, they're process crimes? You're nit-picking?" Colbert asked McCabe.

McCabe, fired for lying, replied: "When I was an investigator for 21 years -- I don't think any federal investigator would say to you that lying to a federal investigator in the course of an investigation is a process crime. We take that pretty seriously."

Colbert told him, "Of course you take that seriously, it's your job. You are the process."

McCabe said, "If we can't count on, you know, the information we get, we have a harder time investigating."

Colbert also asked McCabe about Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is now investigating alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"You worked for Mueller, didn't you?" Colbert asked him.

"I did, for many years," McCabe said.

"What's he like as a person?" Colbert asked.

"He's a tough guy. He is-- he is a lot of what you've heard about him. He is an investigator at heart. That is what he loves to do. He loves cases. He loves to get his hands on them. He loves to hear the details, talk to the investigators, plan strategy, and move investigations forward. So I am sure that he is just as happy as he can possibly be in the position he's currently in."

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