Andrew McCabe, the former acting director of the FBI, has revealed that he ordered an obstruction of justice investigation focused on President Trump following the firing of James Comey. He also said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had “raised the issue” of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. McCabe made these revelations in an interview with Scott Pelley.
The interview is scheduled to air Sunday, February 17, on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of 60 Minutes on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch 60 Minutes live on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
CBS (available live in select markets, which you can find here) is one of 75-plus channels included in the main Fubo bundle.
You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of 60 Minutes on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you don’t record them.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (available live in select markets, which you can find here).
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of 60 Minutes on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
This service lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel, as well as all of CBS’ on-demand library. It’s ultimately the same as the Amazon Prime option, only you’re watching through CBS’ digital platform rather than Amazon’s.
You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch 60 Minutes live on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the CBS app.
Andrew McCabe ’60 Minutes’ Interview Preview
Andrew McCabe, a career law enforcement agent who joined the FBI in 1996, served as the deputy director under James Comey. He was named acting director after President Trump fired Comey in May of 2017.
McCabe opened an obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump shortly after Comey was fired. He told 60 Minutes that he was concerned he would be the next to be fired, which would hinder the ongoing Russia investigation. (This was prior to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller). McCabe told Scott Pelley, “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.”
McCabe has detailed a conversation he had with President Trump in his new book, “The Threat: How the FBI protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.” McCabe says he spoke with the president hours after Comey was fired. In an excerpt published in the Atlantic, McCabe explained that he first spoke with the president on an unsecured phone line, and then later in the Oval Office. Both times, the president talked about how happy people were that he had fired Comey and asked McCabe to confirm that people within the FBI were pleased about it.
In the 60 Minutes interview, McCabe also revealed a conversation about whether the 25th Amendment could be used to remove President Trump from office. The amendment allows for the vice president to take over if the commander-in-chief is somehow “incapacitated” and “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
McCabe claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing the Russia probe since Jeff Sessions had recused himself, had raised the issue of ousting President Trump. CBS News released part of the transcript, which read:
“ANDREW MCCABE: Discussion of the 25th Amendment was, was simply Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort.
SCOTT PELLEY: Rosenstein was actually openly talking about whether there was a majority of the cabinet who would vote to remove the president.
MCCABE: That’s correct. Counting votes or possible votes.”
McCabe also claimed that Rosenstein had been serious when he talked about secretly recording the president. Rosenstein has pushed back on McCabe’s account. His office released a statement on February 14 that read in part, “As to the specific portions of this interview provided to the Department of Justice by 60 Minutes in advance, the Deputy Attorney General again rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect. The deputy attorney general never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references. As the Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
McCabe’s spokesperson, Melissa Schwartz, clarified in a statement that McCabe had not had any “extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment,” but merely that a comment had been made about it.
President Trump also weighed in after the preview of McCabe’s interview with 60 Minutes aired. He slammed McCabe in a tweet, writing, “Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of “insurance policy” in case I won.”
McCabe was fired by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions in March of 2018, shortly before he would have been eligible for early retirement benefits.