Feb 20, 2019 - Politics & Policy

The White House plan to exploit Andrew McCabe's new book

In this image, Andrew McCabe is escorted by a security guard through a light gray hallway in the Rayburn House office building. News cameras follow him.

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White House officials and sources close to President Trump are treating Andrew McCabe's book as an opportunity.

What's happening: These people plan to keep promoting bits from "The Threat," which has rocketed past Michelle Obama's "Becoming" to #1 on Amazon's best-sellers list, that support their "deep state" narrative. They also plan to argue that the rest of the former FBI deputy director's claims are a pack of lies.

The big picture ... The part they'll trumpet as true: McCabe's comments about discussions, at the highest rungs of the FBI, about removing Trump from office.

  • Trump and his allies view this as vindicating his narrative that there's a Deep State "coup" afoot.
  • That's why Trump — and surrogates like former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino — have been amplifying McCabe's revelation about internal conversations about the 25th Amendment, and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein volunteering to wear a wire.

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