‘I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin’: Andrew McCabe Says Trump Rejected US Intel on North Korea

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claims that President Donald Trump rejected U.S. intelligence on North Korea in favor of information relayed to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

McCabe made the claim in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday and has since drawn the ire of the president.

Trump’s alleged outburst was described to McCabe by an FBI official who was in the meeting at the White House, the former FBI deputy director claimed.

“The president launched into several unrelated diatribes,” McCabe said. “One of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of North Korea.”

Watch the video below, via CBS News:

McCabe claimed that Trump rejected the U.S. assessment of the threat North Korea posed to America through its ballistic missile program because Putin had told him otherwise:

“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. And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not. President Putin had told him that the North Koreans don’t actually have those missiles.”

“Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses,” McCabe added, “To which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin.'”

McCabe called the president’s alleged remark “astounding” and “shocking,” describing it as an affront to the American intelligence community for the president to so flippantly reject their assessment of the state of affairs.

Trump aired his criticisms of McCabe’s wide-ranging “60 Minutes” interview on Monday morning.

“Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.”

Specifically, Trump took issue with McCabe’s claim that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had broached the topic of hypothetically removing the president from office through the 25th Amendment and whether a majority of Trump’s Cabinet would support the effort.

After “60 Minutes” aired a snippet of the interview on Friday, a spokeswoman for McCabe claimed the interview had been taken out of context. She went on to claim that McCabe did not take part in “any extended discussions” on the topic and was simply relaying a comment made by Rosenstein.

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Phyllis Softa

Thank you, Josh. I have read 2 IJR stories that attribute the 25th Amendment idea to McCabe. McCabe clearly stated it was presented to him by Rosenstein. McCabe reported that he mentioned Rosenstein’s idea to the FBI legal counsel, whose response was falling on the floor after he had a heart attack. Now the counterintelligence investigation of Trump and the Special Counsel appointment argument did appear to come from McCabe.

Rocky Drummond

Getting McCabe fired 26 hours before his retirement takes effect proves that Trump is a petty, vindictive asshole.





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