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Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe writes book on Trump, terrorism: publisher

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Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, warning that President Donald Trump is undermining U.S. security, has written a book on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to safeguard the United States, his publisher said on Tuesday.

“The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” covers McCabe’s 22-year career with the FBI, including his role in investigating the 2001 al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington and probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, said in a statement.

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The book will be available on Dec. 4.

“I wrote this book because the president’s attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole,” McCabe, who also investigated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, said in a statement.

“He is undermining America’s safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most critical institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice,” he said.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found he leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.

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McCabe has denied the accusations against him and charged that he was facing retaliation from the Trump administration.

He has said he believes he was politically targeted because he corroborated former FBI Director James Comey’s claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russia probe.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election and whether the campaign of Republican candidate Trump colluded with Moscow. Russia denies meddling in the elections, while Trump has denied any collusion.

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McCabe was sacked two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the FBI with his full pension.

Trump and other Republicans accused McCabe, a lifelong Republican, of political bias and conflicts in his oversight of the Clinton investigation. Some of the criticism stemmed from the fact that his wife, Jill McCabe, a Democrat, received donations for an unsuccessful 2015 Virginia state senate campaign from an ally of Clinton’s.

Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Susan Thomas

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In statement that ‘reads like a chilling warning of more coups to come,’ Trump celebrates military coup in Bolivia

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"The Trump administration has cast aside the pretext of calling for new elections. Now it's praising Evo Morales' resignation at the barrel of a gun."

U.S. President Donald Trump made official his administration's support for the military coup in Bolivia with a celebratory statement late Monday that one observer said "reads like a chilling warning of more coups to come."

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Send in the clowns: Impeachment is serious stuff, but the GOP wants a circus

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The impeachment of Donald Trump is not just a matter of holding the president accountable for his confessed plot to extort Ukraine at a time when Russia is engaged in both an invasion of that country and a cyber-invasion of the United States. This impeachment is also a mandatory warning to myriad potential Trump copycats that serving as a carrier of the political disease known as Trumpism is absolutely not a path to more winning, but a political death wish.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump goes on wild Biden conspiracy tweetstorm as public impeachment hearings threaten to expose his presidency

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President Donald Trump started firing off misleading tweets before sunrise to defend himself from the impeachment inquiry.

The president started tweeting a bit earlier than usual, at 6:25 a.m. EST, complaining about the public phase of the inquiry, which begins Wednesday with testimony from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and Bill Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify Friday.

"Why is such a focus put on 2nd and 3rd hand witnesses, many of whom are Never Trumpers, or whose lawyers are Never Trumpers, when all you have to do is read the phone call (transcript) with the Ukrainian President and see first hand?" Trump tweeted.

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