TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -“I think the FBI has been under a relentless attack in the last two years,” said McCabe, who is promoting his new memoir, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump.”
Trump’s attack is one of the reasons he wrote his book, he said in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from his own firing, the probe into Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, and FBI morale.
McCabe denied news reports that anyone in the Justice Department had made a serious effort to remove the president.
“At no time did I ever perceive that there was a legitimate effort underway by [Deputy Attorney General] Rod [Rosenstein] or anybody else to remove the president under the 25th Amendment or in any other way,” McCabe said in the interview.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlines how a sitting president can be removed by the vice president and cabinet.
He also said in the interview that he believes his own firing just hours before his retirement “sends an unbelievably chilling message to the rest of the men and women of the FBI.
McCabe was dismissed from the FBI in March 2018, following a tumultuous relationship with Trump, after the President fired former FBI director James Comey over the investigation into the Trump election campaign’s alleged connections with Russia.
Trump, who has frequently criticized Comey, McCabe and the Russia inquiry, on Thursday attacked McCabe on Twitter as a leaker and a “disgrace to the FBI.”
In June 2017, Comey told a Senate committee he believed Trump had directed him to drop a probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of the broader Russia investigation.