Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has made "a fool out of himself" over the past few days sharing guarded and private processes on national television, President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday.
"He really looks to me like a poor man's J. Edgar Hoover," added the president.
McCabe on Sunday during a bombshell interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" said he started the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving Trump and his ties to Russia because he wanted to ensure the probe was on "solid ground" in case he was fired. He took the action following James Comey's firing.
"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," McCabe said. "And that was something that troubled me greatly."
McCabe, who was fired after an inspector general report found he lied to FBI agents and Comey about his decision to authorize a leak to the news media, also asserted in his interview it is possible Trump is a Russian agent.
"What he was trying to do was terrible," Trump said. "He was caught. I'm very proud to say we caught him. So, we'll see what happens. But he is a disgraced man. He was terminated, not by me. He was terminated by others."
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