Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Lawyer: Ex-FBI official McCabe still facing investigation

Lawyer: Ex-FBI official McCabe still facing investigation

Trump has dismissed all allegations of the probe and labelled it a politically motivated witch hunt.

WASHINGTON ― Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Thursday that he was "very clear" with eight key members of Congress that the FBI had opened an investigation into President Donald Trump in the days after president fired former FBI Director James Comey. While some of the information has been made public before, its narrative account gives new life to both familiar and previously unknown facts that may one day provide the basis for an obstruction of justice charge against the president. McCabe is seen as a crucial witness in the obstruction part of Mueller's investigation, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt while denying collusion.

President Trump a year ago asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker whether Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could oversee the investigation into hush payments made to women who alleged affairs with the president, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein attends the Los Angeles Crimefighters Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 7, 2019. The discussions raised questions about whether the president was willing to offer pardons to influence their decisions about whether to plead guilty and cooperate in the Mueller investigation.

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Attorney's Office in NY among the examples in which he said the committee had information that contradicted Whitaker's testimony. He cited Whitaker's response to questioning about whether he'd been asked to make changes to the U.S.

It has since been revealed that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort had shared confidential polling data with an associate linked to Russian intelligence.

Spicer did damage control for the White House after Flynn left, which included spreading the apparent lie about his resignation.

Mr Clapper told CNN: "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". When McCabe said they were concerned, Melber pushed him again, on whether it was "concern" or "conclusion" that Trump was impeding the probe, including showing McCabe again clips of himself from previous interviews. The Times reported that this effort began as an explicit plan by Gaetz.

The Whitaker anecdote was part of a larger story detailing Trump's efforts to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation to try to derail probes into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign and other subjects.

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