McCabe: Congress’ ‘Gang of 8’ Didn’t Object to FBI’s Trump Probe

"Opening a case of this nature (is) not something that an FBI director, not something that an acting FBI director would do by yourself, right?" he said

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the TODAY show Tuesday that he briefed congressional leaders about the counterintelligence investigation he had opened into President Donald Trump and that "no one objected," NBC News reported.

"That's the important part here," McCabe told Savannah Guthrie, who had asked if he had informed the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" group of congressional leaders. "No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts."

McCabe said that the purpose of the briefing in 2017 was to let the congressional leadership, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan and their Democratic counterparts, know what the FBI was doing in the probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

"Opening a case of this nature (is) not something that an FBI director, not something that an acting FBI director would do by yourself, right?" he said

The president has repeatedly attacked McCabe on Twitter after he interviewed with CBS's "60 Minutes" last week. Trump called McCabe "a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax — a puppet for Leakin' James Comey."

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