Former FBI Deputy Director reportedly told GOP leaders he was investigating Trump in 2017 — and they didn't object

Former FBI Deputy Director reportedly told GOP leaders he was investigating Trump in 2017 — and they didn't object
Image credit: NBC News

On Tuesday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe made a startling claim to NBC's Savannah Guthrie on the Today show: that not only had his agency opened a national security investigation into President Donald Trump in March 2017, but that Republican leaders briefed on the investigation at the time raised no objections to the FBI's decision.

McCabe told Guthrie that "we had information that led us to believe that there might be a threat to national security, in this case that the president himself might be a threat to US national security," and that it "might be possible" Trump was even directly under Russia's employ, because "you have to ask yourself why any president of the United States might not want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election."

He added that when the bipartisan "Gang of 8" who receive national security briefings were told of the investigation, "No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts."

Watch below:

The "Gang of 8" included then-House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Intelligence Committee leaders Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

It is remarkable that none of these Republicans rejected. Especially considering that Nunes did everything he could to weaponize his committee against the Russia investigation and everyone who offered evidence against Trump, and that McConnell essentially threatened former President Barack Obama against even warning the public that Russia might be interfering in the 2016 election.

Just a few weeks after this briefing took place, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, and boasted to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office that the dismissal took the "tremendous pressure" of the Russia investigation off him. The probe was subsequently handed off to special counsel Robert Mueller, who has reportedly helped the FBI investigate whether the firing constituted obstruction of justice.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.