Trump demands GOP senators press ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe about Russia probe

Trump demands GOP senators press ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe about Russia probe

November 15, 2020

President Trump urged Republicans not to let former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe get away with “totally criminal activity” as he began testifying in the Senate about the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

“Republicans, don’t let Andrew McCabe continue to get away with totally criminal activity. What he did should never be allowed to happen to our Country again. FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!,” the president posted on Twitter, shortly after 11 a.m. as the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing got underway.

Trump has blasted the FBI and the Obama administration for launching the investigation without predicate.

The FBI launched the probe after Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser, was suspected of having been a “Russian agent,” despite having links to the CIA and warrants on him relying on falsified documents.

In April, Attorney General William Barr said the Russia investigation was started without any basis and served only to “sabotage the presidency.”

He also said the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications to monitor Page.

McCabe oversaw the investigation after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

His scheduled appearance before the panel in October was postponed when McCabe refused to appear because of the coronavirus.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018 on the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility after the Justice Department’s inspector general found he lied repeatedly to FBI agents and Comey about his decision to authorize a leak to the media.

Lying to the FBI is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

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