Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in an interview with the Today Show, said he informed a bipartisan group of congressional leaders known as the ‘Gang of 8’ that the bureau had initiated a counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump.

According to McCabe, the group consisting of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Richard Burr, Mark Warner, and Devin Nunes, failed to raise a single objection.

“The purpose of the briefing was to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we’d been doing,” McCabe told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Guthrie queried whether or not any members of the bipartisan group raised objections.

“That’s the important part here, Savannah,” McCabe continued. “No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts.”


According to CNBC, no spokespersons for the group had confirmed McCabe’s claims.

Will Trump Respond?

While McConnell, Nunes, and Burr are a bit of a surprise, the fact that then-Speaker Paul Ryan let this information go without uttering a word might be viewed as more betrayal in the eyes of the President.

Thus far, however, Trump has concentrated his ire on McCabe himself, repeatedly referring to him as a liar.

“So many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.”

“Look(s) like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught,” he said referencing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

He later cited a Fox News report to suggest that the pair had committed treason.


Blames Brennan

President Trump has blamed Barack Obama’s CIA Director James Brennan in the past for the entire investigatory premise through a quote from political commentator, Dan Bongino.

That statement included a reference to the ‘Gang of 8‘ being briefed on the Steele dossier.


Former US attorney Joe DiGenova concurs, adding that he spearheaded “a criminal plot by senior people” including James Comey, “to suborn the presidency of the United States through the use of false evidence.”

“It is quite obvious that John Brennan was at the head of the group of people who were going to create a counterintelligence investigation against Trump,” DiGenova claimed.

Still, it’s rather remarkable that once the wheels were in motion, McConnell, Ryan or the other Republicans didn’t raise an objection to what was clearly an evidence-free witch hunt. What were they thinking?