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After a week of teasing its upcoming sit-down with Andrew McCabe, on Sunday evening “60 Minutes” aired its full interview with the former FBI Deputy Director and his wife Jill. The half-hour interview with correspondent Scott Pelley was a gift to McCabe, offering him a national forum to spin everything from his firing for lying about media leaks to conversations he had with President Trump.
Here are five key take-aways from the interview.
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Pelley opened his interview with McCabe by introducing him as “a lifelong Republican who had a sterling 21-year career at the FBI.” McCabe would later remind viewers of this fact, stating, “I’m a career FBI agent-government worker.”
So what. Many lifelong republicans oppose Trump, with some going so far as disowning the party and encouraging Americans to vote D down the line. The “career” label is no better. You know who else were career FBI agent-government workers? Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Interview - Pelley - Producers - Background - Information
Throughout the interview, Pelley and producers provided supposed background information to set-up McCabe’s comments. But “60 Minutes” flubbed the background facts, such as when Pelley said that “Mr. Trump had asked FBI Director Comey to drop the investigation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.” Although that’s long been a mainstream media narrative, it never happened.
Rather, according to a memorandum Comey wrote purporting to summarize a meeting he had with Trump shortly after the president fired Flynn, Trump said Flynn “hadn’t done anything wrong” in his call with the Russians. Comey’s memo continued: The president “explained that he just couldn’t have Flynn misleading the Vice President and, in any event, he had other concerns about Flynn.” Comey then added that Trump later:
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