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Andrew McCabe says the investigations into Donald Trump faced no congressional pushback

February 19, 2019 GMT

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday that no congressional leaders pushed back against the counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations launched against President Trump.

Mr. McCabe told NBC’s “Today” show that he briefed the “Gang of Eight,” the group of top congressional leaders from both parties which would have included former Speaker Paul D. Ryan and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the investigations.

“That’s the important part here,” Mr. McCabe said. “No one objected not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts.”

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” to promote his new book “The Threat,” Mr. McCabe revealed that he ordered the two investigations into Mr. Trump because of concerns that the president won the election with Russia’s help.

Mr. McCabe claimed on Tuesday that investigators has several reasons to suggest there was a national security concern, and one theory was that Mr. Trump could be in cahoots with the Russian government.

The former acting FBI director, who was later fired, said it was “entirely possible” that the president is a threat to national security and is complicating the job of U.S. intelligence agencies.