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FBI officials enacted a plan to save evidence gathered in the agency's probe of Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign in 2017 after President Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
A source with knowledge of the discussions at the top of the FBI told The Associated Press that Andrew McCabe, then the deputy FBI director, ordered officials to preserve information obtained as part of the investigation in the event that McCabe or other officials were fired by the president in the wake of Comey's ouster.
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That source told the AP that a plan was created to preserve the evidence after McCabe became acting FBI director, and a second source confirmed to the AP that FBI officials discussed preserving evidence during that time so as to avoid the investigation being stifled by the president's actions.
The report comes after McCabe told "60 Minutes" in an interview over the weekend that he worked to ensure that the Russia probe would endure beyond his possible firing by Trump after his appointment to acting FBI director.
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“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion. That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," McCabe told CBS News.
“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why...
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