Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) slammed Andrew McCabe after the former FBI deputy director detailed the central role he played in the bureau's Russia probe and the eventual appointment of a special counsel.

McCabe, who was fired from the FBI in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after it was determined he lied to investigators about a leak, spoke to “60 Minutes” ahead of the release of his new book, “The Threat.”

CBS News’ Scott Pelley on Thursday morning revealed parts of the interview, which detail the eight days between the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After Comey’s firing, McCabe was acting director of the FBI.

“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 and reassigned or fired and the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace," McCabe said. "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 they’d made that decision.”

On "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, gave his response to McCabe's remarks: "What a crock!"


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He said that the Russia investigation was never on "solid ground," and McCabe knew it at the time.

"He's a liar. He has not told the truth. That's why he was fired from the FBI. And I can tell you that he came before our committee and said things that make absolutely no sense," Stewart said.

He claimed that McCabe "hated" President Trump, and he essentially wanted to undo the results of the 2016 election via Russia and obstruction of justice investigations.

He noted that McCabe also detailed "serious" discussions about whether Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment.

"How in the world was this man the acting director of the FBI when he exercised this kind of judgment?" Stewart said. "It brings into question every other subsequent investigation."

Watch the "America's Newsroom" interview above.


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