None of your business, comes to mind.
A new report from the Washington Post details a 2017 conversation between President Trump and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
According to WaPo, after firing FBI Director James Comey in May, Trump invited then-acting FBI Director McCabe to the White House for a bit of chit-chat.
Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump and McCabe had a casual conversation before Trump asked McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. McCabe reportedly told Trump that he didn’t vote.
I don’t really believe that, but whether he did or not, it’s none of Trump’s business.
I’m wondering if the next question was about loyalty.
Trump also reportedly expressed anger at McCabe over the thousands of dollars in donations his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed Virginia state Senate bid in 2015 from a political action committee led by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is closely tied to the Clintons.
One former U.S. official told the Post that McCabe thought the conversation with Trump was “disturbing,” and one person told the newspaper that special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in the talk.
I’m going to say “I guess so” to both counts.
McCabe no doubt spoke with Comey about his previous interactions with the new president, so the acting director had to feel he was being backed into a really uncomfortable situation.
Trump was considering McCabe to take Comey’s place as director, so this was likely a feeling out process. Ultimately, the position went to Christopher Wray.
This new report is coming on the heels of a report that suggested Trump sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pressure Wray to fire McCabe. Wray’s response was to threaten to resign.
Sessions also allegedly told White House counsel Don McGahn about Wray’s response to the pressure for him to fire McCabe. McGahn replied by telling Sessions that McCabe wasn’t worth losing Wray, according to Axios.
Trump on Tuesday denied that Wray threatened to resign in response to pressure from Sessions to force out McCabe.
“No. He didn’t at all. He did not even a little bit,” Trump told reporters.
Let’s be honest. That’s Trump’s response to all of these types of reports. Occasionally, he’s right.
Trump took to Twitter [of course] to attack McCabe, and questioned the contributions his wife received for her political run in Virginia.
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
While he and other Republicans have used that as a basis to claim that McCabe’s involvement in the Clinton email scandal was tainted, the FBI have released documents earlier in January pointing out that McCabe had no role in the Clinton email investigation.