An explosive new book by former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reveals that President Donald Trump went into a fit of rage when he learned that former FBI Director James Comey had flown home from Los Angeles on a government plane just after the president fired him.
In an excerpt of McCabe's new book published by The Atlantic, McCabe claims that Trump called him shortly after firing Comey in May 2017 to gloat about how happy he was to have the former FBI director gone.
"Boy, it’s incredible, it’s such a great thing, people are really happy about the fact that the director’s gone, and it’s just remarkable what people are saying," Trump said, according to McCabe. "Have you seen that? Are you seeing that, too?"
However, the conversation took a more confrontational turn when Trump learned that McCabe had authorized Comey to fly home on a government airplane after he was abruptly fired while giving a talk in California. In fact, McCabe claims that Trump "flew off the handle."
"That’s not right!" Trump yelled, according to McCabe. "I don’t approve of that! That’s wrong!"
McCabe says Trump then ordered him to investigate how Comey got authorization to fly on the plane, and McCabe informed him that it would be difficult for him to investigate his own decision.
The former deputy FBI director says that, like Comey, he created a series of contemporaneous memos about his conversations with the president in order to keep a solid record of "a person who cannot be trusted."