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McCabe, newly fired FBI official, reportedly kept personal memos on Trump

From CBC - March 17, 2018

Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos describing interactions with the president that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey, according to The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear whether any of McCabe's memos have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal investigation is examining Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, or have been requested by Mueller.

McCabe's memos include details of interactions with the president, among other topics, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to discuss the notes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Though the precise contents are unknown, the memos possibly could help substantiate McCabe's assertion that he was unfairly maligned by a White House he says had declared "war" on the FBI and Mueller's investigation.

The disclosure Saturday came hours after Trump called McCabe's firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions "a great day for democracy."

That sent former CIA director John Brennan, an outspoken Trump critic, into a Twitter tizzy.

Sessions said he acted on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials who said McCabe had not been candid with a watchdog office investigation. McCabe was fired two days before his retirement date.

An upcoming inspector general's report is expected to conclude that McCabe had authorized the release of information to the media and was not forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. McCabe denied the allegations and said his credibility had been attacked as "part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally," but also the FBI and law enforcement.

The firing set off duelling tweets between Trump, who called the termination a "great day for the hard-working men and women of the FBI," and Comey, the director he fired 10 months ago.

Trump called Comey "sanctimonious" and said Comey made McCabe "look like a choirboy." Comey, whose highly anticipated book comes out next month, responded with his own tweet: "Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honourable and who is not."

Trumplawyer calls for end to Russia probe

Also Saturday, Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, cited the "brilliant and courageous example" by Sessions and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinshould "bring an end" to the Russia investigation "manufactured" by Comey.

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