Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

McCabe says Trump's own words prompted investigation

"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".

"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.

"He talked about how great it was that I was here interviewing and wasn't it terrific that I was being considered", McCabe said of Trump.

Those actions, including a separate request by Mr Trump that the FBI end an investigation into his first national adviser, Michael Flynn, made the FBI concerned that the president was illegally trying to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

McCabe also stated that after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation head James Comey in May 2017, the US Department of Justice held a series of meetings discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which deals with issues related to presidential succession and disability.

Trump made public comments linking his firing of Comey to the Russian Federation investigation on NBC.

The conversations reportedly took place just days after the president abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey, and McCabe's statements are the first official confirmation that they took place after several anonymous reports that they took place. "The president may have been engaged in obstruction of justice in the firing of Jim Comey".

"He said, 'I never get searched when I go into the White House".

Even after the investigation was launched, McCabe said the President continued to praise Russia, and described an instance where Trump said he trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin in blatant contradiction with U.S. intelligence.

When asked if Rosenstein was on aboard with opening the investigations into Trump, McCabe told Pelley, "absolutely".

Former FBI director James Comey. I could easily wear a recording device.

McCabe ultimately did lose his own job, after an inspector general inquiry found that he lied to investigators exploring a media disclosure. And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is seeking her party's nomination for president, told reporters after a campaign event Sunday in Las Vegas that if the people around Trump believe he can not fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a duty to invoke the 25th Amendment.

He also said that Rosenstein brought up the notion of invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump.

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