“I wrote this book because the president’s attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole,” McCabe said in a statement. “He is undermining America’s safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice.”
McCabe, who spent 22 years in the FBI, has become something of a lightning rod in the political battles over the agency and the probe of whether Trump’s campaign interfered in the 2016 election.
A frequent punching bag for President Trump, McCabe was fired from the bureau in March just 26 hours before he could retire, after the inspector general presented Justice Department leadership with allegations that McCabe had authorized a disclosure to the media and then lied repeatedly to investigators about it.
McCabe alleged his termination was politically motivated and meant to discredit the bureau and the ongoing Russia probe. But his problems would deepen. The inspector general soon released his findings publicly and referred them to federal prosecutors to explore whether the FBI’s former No. 2 official should be charged with a crime. The U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. in recent months has been using a grand jury in that investigation — a sign of its seriousness.
McCabe was once a key player in the Russia investigation, having taken over leadership of the bureau after Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey. Like Comey, who also wrote a book after leaving government, McCabe would be restricted from detailed ongoing aspects of the investigation. But also like Comey, McCabe had interesting interactions with Trump that might be considered fair game.
The book announcement says McCabe’s job “put him in the room with the President, and many other leaders at the highest levels of this administration.”
“A series of troubling, contradictory, and often bizarre conversations with these figures led McCabe to a conclusion of vital interest to every American citizen: the actions of this President and his administration undermine the FBI and the entire intelligence community; they pose a clear and present danger to the country,” the announcement said.
The Washington Post has previously reported Trump asked McCabe how he voted during an interaction in the Oval Office, and vented about McCabe’s wife, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for state office in Virginia and accepted several hundred thousand dollars in donations from a political action committee controlled by a friend of Hillary Clinton.