President Donald Trump unloaded a few blows directed at former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, calling him a “disaster” during a White House visit with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday, Mediaite reports.
Invoking the name of the FBI’s most infamous leader and first director, Trump called out McCabe, saying that McCabe “made a fool out of himself over the past couple of days” and that he was “a poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover.”
The president then brought up the detailed Inspector General report that alleges McCabe had leaked sensitive information to the press and misled former FBI Director James Comey and other investigators about the disclosures, and accuses McCabe of lying under oath three times, among other allegations.
Trump continued the press on McCabe, referring to him as a “complete disaster” and a “disgraced man”:
“He is a disgraced man. He was terminated — not by me, he was terminated by others. The IG report was a disaster, a disaster from his standpoint. Anybody reading the IG report would say, ‘How could a man like this be involved with the FBI?’ And the FBI has some of the greatest people, some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. But this man is a complete disaster.”
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President Trump says Andrew McCabe :"He really looks to me like sort of a poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover. I think he's a disaster.” pic.twitter.com/SMcnqPbG8I
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 20, 2019
These comments come in the midst of an ongoing media feud between the president and McCabe, who has been going after Trump on talk shows and in interviews. McCabe has gone as far as to say on ABC’s “The View” that he believed that it “could be possible” the president was a Russian agent.
"We believe that could be possible," former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells @TheView when asked if he believed Donald Trump was an agent for Russia.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2019
McCabe’s bombshell “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday revealed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into Oval Office meetings and discussed the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to oust the president from office.