Trump's Former Attorney: 'They Were Trying to Take This President Down'

By Susan Jones | February 15, 2019 | 6:02am EST
Then-Acting Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies on Capitol Hill (File Photo/Screen capture)

( - In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Andrew McCabe, the former acting deputy director of the FBI, said he launched an obstruction of justice and counter-intelligence investigation into President Donald Trump, because he was so alarmed by Trump's firing of his boss, James Comey.

McCabe said he began the investigation the day after Comey's firing and did his best to make it bulletproof: "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion, that were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."

According to CBS's Scott Pelley, McCabe also said he and others had serious discussions about secretly recording Trump at the White House and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

"They were trying to take this president down," President Trump's former attorney John Dowd told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday night. "They all pulled together. And they all wanted to take the president down. There is no doubt in my mind," Dowd said.


"Bob Mueller broke his word to me that would get the job done if we gave him all the information. We gave him all the information, he found it all to be solid and honest and nothing missing. Then he has dragged his feet for another year. And it's a disgrace. And the only effect of that stalling is to hurt this president. And to back him off. And it's not going to work," Dowd said.

Dowd said a special federal grand jury should be convened by newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr to look into all of this, especially since the committees of Congress have failed to follow up.

"You need a grand jury running seven days a week to pull all of this down and all of this together. No more inspector general. No more kicking it down the road. And you can get this thing done in no time."

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), appearing with Dowd on Hannity's show, said he wants McCabe and Rosenstein to appear before the House intelligence committee under oath to square their conflicting stories.

While McCabe says discussions about Rosenstein wearing a wire and removing Trump from office were serious, Rosenstein has indicated they were not.

Jordan also noted that McCabe already has lied under oath and now faces a criminal referral from the Justice Department inspector-general, who is investigating him.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, told Fox News Thursday night that McCabe launched the investigation into Trump with no evidence. "You had none," he told Fox News.

"The only evidence that they had was the evidence the Clinton campaign got from Russians and had delivered to the F.B.I. -- that McCabe knew had come from the Clinton campaign and Strozk and all the others."

Nunes said the "key term" is conspiracy: "They conspired early on in 2016 to open a counter-intelligence investigation into a political campaign...and then they pushed this so much so that they got a FISA warrant on American citizen that came up totally empty. They got nothing. It was renewed four times. This continued on into 2017 after President Trump was sworn in."

Nunes described McCabe as part of a "small cabal" that was working inside the Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

In a response on Twitter, President Trump quoted former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz: "Trying to use the 25th Amendment to try and circumvent the Election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing...which happens in third world countries. You have to obey the law. This is an attack on our system & Constitution." Alan Dershowitz. @TuckerCarlson

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also tweeted his concern:

"Was there an attempt at a bureaucratic coup to take out President Trump?  Who is telling the truth about invoking the 25th Amendment – McCabe or Rosenstein? Must find answers. All Americans should be concerned."

"I take this seriously," Graham said in a second tweet. "And I’m confident new Attorney General will too."

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