"And I think... in addition to that, as a result of the work that the Mueller team has done and what we know of that work from what's been disclosed to the public, I mean, you have an incredible number of people in the campaign, close to the president, who had numerous contacts with Russians, people connected to Russian intelligence".
"The odd thing, I think, that's bothered a lot of people both in and out of the intelligence community, is this unusual personal deference to Putin by the president", Clapper said. I think he's a disaster, and what he was trying to do was bad and he was caught. Their meeting is just days before Trump's second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and a March 1 deadline when tariffs on Chinese goods balloon to 25 percent, amid warnings of an economy slowing trade war.
"The I.G. report was a disaster from [McCabe's] standpoint", Trump continued. For that reason, McCabe says that he reviewed the case with lawyers, discussed it with the Deputy Attorney General and made a decision to inform congressional leaders on the case. In regards to North Korea, Trump allegedly said in a meeting that he did not believe the Asian nation possessed missiles capable of striking the USA because Putin had told him it did not.
"It's not the primary focus of the day-to-day work of trying to keep the country safe when you are an intelligence officer, a law enforcement officer", he said.
"I told Congress what we had done", McCabe told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show.
FBI's Andrew McCabe Opened Russia Probe on Concern Case Might 'Vanish'
A report by the Justice Department's Inspector General previous year found that the FBI acted improperly during the investigation. Graham said he understood that Rosenstein denied McCabe's explosive claimed, "but we're going to get to the bottom of it".
'In this case, ' he said, they feared 'that the president himself might, in fact, be a threat to the United States national security'. He's talking about it as a witch hunt.
The person said acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asked investigators to work on a backup plan to ensure evidence would be protected. "So it was really something that he kind of threw out in a very frenzied, chaotic conversation about where we were and what we needed to do next". At that time, congressional leaders, known as the "Gang of 8", had no objections to the investigation.
'The goal of the briefing was to let our congressional leadership exactly what we'd been doing. Although not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to justify the FBI investigation, McCabe, an apparent conspiracy theorist, still insists that there is a chance the president is entirely beholden to Russian Federation.
'This was a recommendation that came to me from my team.
"No one objected", McCabe said. Trump tweeted minutes before he was due in the Oval Office. You should understand, Meghan, that when I was serving as deputy director, I was one of two people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who had the authority to disclose information to the media. "But this man is a complete disaster".