Here Is a Good and Not Deranged Conversation Between Trump and the Acting Head of the FBI

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On Monday, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe resigned from his job after months of intense pressure from the White House—including Donald Trump himselfFBI Director Christopher Wray, and the wider conservative world.


While much of Trump’s complaining about McCabe was done in public, NBC News on Monday shared the following previously unreported anecdote about a call between the two which took place immediately after the president fired former FBI director James Comey last spring (emphasis mine):

Trump demanded to know why Comey was allowed to fly on an FBI plane after he had been fired, these people said. McCabe told the president he hadn’t been asked to authorize Comey’s flight, but if anyone had asked, he would have approved it, three people familiar with the call recounted to NBC News.

The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe’s wife made in 2015.

McCabe replied: “OK, sir.” Trump then hung up the phone.

Remember, McCabe was the acting director of the FBI at the time. Anyway, just a nice little story!