The FBI and Justice Department were filled with 'panic' after James Comey firing: MSNBC panel cites McCabe book
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (Shutterstock)

In a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, former Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe described the panic at the FBI and the Justice Department following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

In an MSNBC panel discussion, veteran reporter Susan Page said that those portions of McCabe's book struck her as not only outside the norm but shocking.

Some were dismissive of McCabe's book for trying to paint himself as the hero who wanted to stand up for the law. Between the attempt were distressing details about what happened after Comey was fired.

"One thing that struck me is not that McCabe comes out as a big hero, even in his own book, one of the things that struck me was how panicked people inside the FBI and Justice Department were at this point," Page told host Kasie Hunt. "How perplexed they were about what was going on with the president of the United States and how unsure they were of what to do."

She noted that the way McCabe paints Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was remarkable and it sounded as if he was ready to put on a wire to help expose the president's instability. It was only until the general counsel stepped in did the conversations cease.

Rosenstein refuted the claims by McCabe about the wire and passed them off as nothing more than a joke. Trump seems to have accepted the excuse as Rosenstein hasn't yet been fired.

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