President Donald Trump refuted ex-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s claim that the president called McCabe’s wife “a loser” on Twitter Tuesday.
“I never said anything bad about Andrew McCabe’s wife other than she (they) should not have taken large amounts of campaign money from a Crooked Hillary source when Clinton was under investigation by the FBI,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “I never called his wife a loser to him (another McCabe made up lie)!”
McCabe claimed that Trump called his wife Jill McCabe “a loser” in relation to her failed 2015 bid for Virginia state Senate, McCabe said during a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday.
“[Trump asked:] ‘What was it like when your wife lost her race for state senate? It must have been really tough to lose,’” McCabe told “60 Minutes.”And I said, ‘Well, it’s tough to lose anything. But my wife has refocused her efforts on her career.’ And he then said, ‘Ask her what it was like to lose. It must be tough to be a loser.’”
“No man wants to hear anyone call his wife a loser, most of all me,” McCabe continued. “My wife is a wonderful, brilliant, dedicated physician who tried to help her community. So she is no loser. It was just bullying. So rather than get into an argument with the president of the United States, we, I said, ‘Okay, sir.’ And we hung up and ended the call.”
McCabe said the conversation with Trump occurred in the days after the president fired McCabe’s predecessor, FBI Director James Comey. McCabe’s wife “received several hundred thousand dollars in campaign donations from a PAC linked to the Clintons,” reported Fox News.
The “60 Minutes” interview occurred days before Andrew McCabe’s book “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” was released Tuesday.
McCabe has used his spotlight to make claims including that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to secretly record conversations with Trump. Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, agency officials told news outlets Monday.
McCabe was fired on the recommendation of the Department of Justice’s inspector general in March 2018, just two days before he was set to retire and receive his government pension. Investigators found that McCabe authorized his deputy, Lisa Page, to give information to The Wall Street Journal about a probe into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe denies accusations from the Office of the Inspector General that he purposefully misled investigators.
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