Former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeDems bends to the Times bomb to put forward Trump 's obstruction allegations. Trump calls Andrew McCabe "J. Edgar Hoover the poor," according to Dershowitz. Talks on the use of Trump's 25th ouster could be an "unconstitutional blow". set off a series of bomb claims against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice is preparing the Mueller report as early as next week: Smollett 's lawyers declare the innocent star of "Empire". Pelosi asks members to support the resolution against the emergency declaration MORE In recent days he is promoting his new book, "The Threat".
McCabe, who was fired after an unauthorized media leak shortly before retiring, made his most startling statement to date Tuesday night when he stated that it was "possible" that the president is a Russian asset.
The enmity between Trump and McCabe is not a secret. Trump repeatedly tore up the former FBI official, who had been fired hours before he was eligible for a full pension. Trump resumed his attacks on Twitter against the former acting director of the FBI, saying his actions were a "betrayal".
Here are five conclusions from McCabe's recent statements:
Allegations: New Dems Ammunition
Democrats already eager to investigate Trump have seized McCabe's statements and suggest they might want to hear him.
In addition to claiming that Trump could be a Russian asset, McCabe also disclosed new details regarding a conspiracy to use the security system.th Amendment to remove Trump from office, which, he said, was discussed by officials of the Ministry of Justice, including the Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDems bows to the Times bomb to back up Trump Trump's obstruction allegations by calling Andrew McCabe "J. Edgar Hoover's poor man "CNN: MJ is preparing to announce the end of Mueller's investigation as early as next week MORE – who strongly contested McCabe's story.
representative Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDems seizes the Times bomb to put forward Trump's obstruction allegations One year since Parkland: we have a solution Whitaker wants to grill the House's legislators MORE (D-Fla.), A member of the House's Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, both of whom are on the verge of opening investigations, told The Hill that she thought legislators would have to "Definitely" hear everyone involved, including McCabe and Rosenstein.
She said the two panels should speak to McCabe to "conduct a thorough investigation to understand the truth".
McCabe also claimed that the FBI had informed the top congressional leaders, including Republican leaders. Leader of the majority in the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any other 2020 Dem, except for Warren: Durbin analysis after reading Green New Deal: "What is that thing? ? " The Dems think that they beat Trump in the battle of emergency declarations MORE (Ky.) And then-President Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanReport of 12:30 on the hill: Sanders will upset the 2020 McCabe race: no one in 'Gang of Eight' did not oppose an FBI investigation on Trump Unscripted Trump prevents the public from guessing at Rose Garden PLUS (Wis.), That the actions of the President aroused sufficient concern to merit an inquiry by his own administration – a decision which, he felt, did not give rise to any objection.
If that is true, it means that the eight-party band of the eight has given Congress the go-ahead at the FBI summit to open a counterintelligence investigation on Trump.
"I would definitely be interested in hearing [McCabe and Rosenstein] regarding their interactions with the president, what he told them to do, "Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiDems relies on the Times bomb to push Trump's obstruction charges It's time to end all upcoming government closures Democrats focus on South Sudan's Mnuchin (D-Ill.), A member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committee, told The Hill.
All of this could lead to explosive testimony days at Capitol Hill – and in the theater of high political debate – if McCabe or Rosenstein are called to testify by Democrats.
McCabe's credibility is questioned
Would McCabe be a good witness? It's far from clear.
Trump and the Republicans consider him a politically motivated and politically motivated official – who now has reason to stretch the truth for revenge.
"You can not trust anything, Andy McCabe says," Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWhite House, GOP, Defends Trump's Urgency Statement Rod Rosenstein's Last Insult to Congress: Farewell to Journalists, But Not Testimony Conservatives in House Vote Border Agreement , push Trump to use executive power PLUS (R-Ohio), a senior member of the House Watch and Reform Committee, told Fox Business Tuesday.
"He wants everyone to believe that he is a scout, but he lied three times under oath, he is under investigation at the Department of Justice, he was fired because he lied. And what did he lie on? He lied about the leaks he inflicted on some newspapers to improve during the Clinton inquiry, "Jordan said.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz last year lodged a complaint with the US Attorney's Office about McCabe, a point Republicans have pointed out. McCabe's attorney stated that the dismissal was unjustified.
Trump as Russian assets become a source of information on cable
McCabe's book tour was not welcomed by a White House that had a painful start in 2019.
While some question McCabe's claims, his headlines and cable news that Trump may be a Russian asset is not a story the White House wants to spend time fighting.
Networks where Trump's criticism is common have doubled McCabe's coverage this week, but even Fox has taken advantage of the news for his own coverage. At least there, hosts like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs have criticized McCabe and his allegations, calling him guilty of treason.
"Why the hell is the Republican party not calling for his arrest?" Dobbs said about McCabe on his Fox Business show Monday night.
GOP wants McCabe to the committee
For Republicans, McCabe could be an opportunity.
President of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham, senior counsel for the Judicial Police, believes Hillary Clinton is facing charges, but has been dispelled. Night Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon leader over Syria | Talk pushes that Trump will pull coats | A Coast Guard officer accused of a terrorist plot, Graham cursed the acting DOD leader, declaring himself his "adversary". (R-S.C.) Wants to bring him to testify about the demand for a counterintelligence investigation and an effort to remove Trump from his duties.
For Graham, this could represent a chance to go on the offensive and confuse McCabe and other officials as going beyond their authority and undermining democracy.
"For me, it's an interesting moment in our history where FBI people will talk about trying to fire the president. Rosenstein said that did not happen. McCabe said that was the case … I will look at all this, "Graham said.
Republicans in the House are also asking their Democratic presidents to hold hearings on the issue, saying that if the tables were overturned and that it was a democrat at the Oval Office, they would like to know if a senior official of the Ministry of Justice was looking into ways to remove the president of the office.
representative Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDems seizes the Times bomb to substantiate Trump 's obstruction allegations. The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – Can Bernie Take Back the Magic of 2016? House committee advances bill to develop background checks for firearms sales (Ga.), The highest representative of the judicial panel, asked President Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) to "immediately" hold a hearing with McCabe and Rosenstein – noting that they should be assigned to appear if necessary.
Similarly, Jordan and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report – Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine – Trump, the Congress is preparing for a new fight against the Wall of Borders Winners and Losers of the Agreement on border security GOP prepares Trump PLUS emergency statement (CR) urged the Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings: Review Panel Postpones Cohen's Public Statement for Next Wednesday, Night Health Care – Presented by National Union of Taxpayers – Drug Prices Focus on Insulin | Florida governor works with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems Blast has proposed changes in ObamaCare. Five things to know about Trump's confidant, Tom Barrack. MORE (D-Md.) To make the two men separately testify to their actions after the dismissal of the former director of the FBI James ComeyChief Brien Lawyer ComeyFBI felt that Hillary Clinton should face charges but was dispelled. Dems seizes the Times bomb to push Trump 's obstruction allegations. Trump calls Andrew McCabe, a "poor man of J. Edgar Hoover"., highlighting their contradictory statements on the 25th Amendment.
Trump's rivalry with the courts intensifies
The bottom line with McCabe is that he is the second highest official of the FBI after Comey engaged in a nasty public fight with the president.
As the story unfolds, it runs the risk of increasing animosity between the President and the Justice Department, where tensions were already high.
The new Attorney General, William Barr, is seen by many as a personality who could improve relations between the president and the justice system. Former Attorney General of former President George H. W. Bush, Barr is well respected by the people inside and outside the building.
But McCabe's harsh accusations and Trump's response risk, at best, being a major distraction for these efforts.
"Wow, Andrew McCabe, acting director of the FBI, has left so many lies now. He was fired for lying, and now his story is even more disturbing. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDems: Journalists seize the Times bomb to support Trump's obstruction allegations The Mueller report could be "anti-bashing," says the former director of intelligence services, CNN, for having hired a former Republican agent as editor-in-chief: "WTF?! ??" MORE (another beauty), it looks like they're considering a very illegal act, and got caught, "wrote the president in a pair of tweets Monday.