Former FBI official: We feared Trump was compromised by Russia


Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reveals concern that Trump was compromised by Russia and would interfere in investigations.

In an interview set to air Sunday on "60 minutes," former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed that he was extremely concerned that Trump won the presidency through Russian help and that Trump would act to cover up his actions.

McCabe explained that he quickly launched the Russia investigation out of concern that Trump, or other senior officials, might try to close the case or make it disappear.

"I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage and that was something that troubled me greatly," McCabe said.

"I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," he explained.

McCabe said he needed to make sure there was a paper trail of his efforts because of his fear the investigation would be thwarted: "I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they were not be able to do that without creating a record why they'd made that decision."

Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey after Comey refused to publicly vouch for his innocence in the Russia investigation.

Trump removed McCabe from his position at the agency before he could receive his full retirement benefits. The vindictive action followed months of Trump publicly whining and complaining about McCabe's role in beginning the investigation.

McCabe's removal was part of a concerted effort on Trump's part to attack the investigation, which he and his team have tried to undermine. Despite their tactics, the interactions between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives have come to light.

Meanwhile Trump's closest allies — like his campaign chairman, national security adviser, and personal fixer and lawyer — face prison time.

Trump's presidency began with the shadow of foreign interference and malfeasance looming over it. His actions since, including the attempt to silence those investigating him like Comey and McCabe, reek of guilt and cover-up.

McCabe's interview reveals that at the highest levels of American law enforcement there were very real concerns about how compromised Trump is and the very real possibility he would use his office to shield his crimes.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.