Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Senate Hart building on Capitol Hill, on June 7, 2017.Cheriss May / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CBS News' "60 Minutes" that he ordered an obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump after a conversation with him immediately following former FBI Director James Comey's firing.
McCabe, who was ousted from the department last March after rising to acting director following Comey's May 2017 firing, told CBS's Scott Pelley that he was concerned Trump would try to make the overall investigation into Russian election meddling go away.
"I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage," McCabe said. "And that was something that troubled me greatly. "
One day after that conversation, McCabe said he "met with the team investigating the Russia cases."
"And I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward," he said. "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion, that were I removed quickly and reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."
"I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground," he continued. "And if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they'd made that decision."
The initial clip of McCabe's interview with Pelley aired Thursday on "CBS This Morning." The full interview will be broadcast on Sunday's "60 Minutes."
On "CBS This Morning," Pelley provided more details about the interview, including McCabe's description of the aftermath of Comey's firing, saying there were "meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment."
"These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel," he continued. "And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president."
Pelley also said McCabe confirmed in the interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did consider wearing a wire in meetings with the president. When that information was reported last year, it nearly led to Rosenstein's exit from the Justice Department. Although a prior Justice Department statement said the proposal was made in jest, McCabe said it was taken seriously, Pelley said.
McCabe "says no, it came up more than once, and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it," Pelley said.
McCabe was fired last year — just before his planned retirement — in the aftermath of a Justice Department inspector general's report said he misled investigators regarding a leak about the FBI's investigation of the Clinton Foundation, which he denies.
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Recounts meetings to assess Cabinet support for removing Trump
McCabe says Rosenstein brought up wearing wire more than once
Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe started the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving President Donald Trump and his ties to Russia because he wanted to ensure the probe was on “solid ground” in case he was fired.
McCabe said in an interview to air on CBS’s "60 Minutes" Sunday that he took the action after speaking to Trump hours after the president fired his boss, former FBI Director James Comey, in May of 2017.
McCabe was fired last March just 26 hours before he was scheduled to retire with a full pension. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe over allegations he had violated the FBI and Justice Department’s policy related to disclosures to the media. He’s responded that he was the target of a political attack by Trump, who has repeatedly slammed the FBI as biased and repeatedly called the Russia probe a “witch hunt.”
“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground and in an indelible fashion” McCabe said in the interview. “That were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”
CBS correspondent Scott Pelley said McCabe recounted DOJ meetings shortly after Comey’s firing in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed possibly wearing a wire when talking to Trump about whether the vice president and Cabinet could invoke the Constitution to remove the president from office. The Justice Department in a previous statement said that Rosenstein was being sarcastic.
“I never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false," Rosenstein said in a statement in September.
But McCabe said in the interview that Rosenstein repeated the idea more than once, and the suggestion was taken so seriously that it was brought to lawyers at the FBI.
Rosenstein eventually appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved. Mueller’s prosecutors have charged more than 30 people as a result of the probe and several have pleaded guilty.
"There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment," Pelley said on the show. “They were speculating this person would be with us, that person would not be, and they were counting noses in that effort.”
Trump has lashed out repeatedly against the FBI, Comey, and the Russia investigation. Last month, he mounted an angry Twitter response to a New York Times report that the FBI had opened the probe in 2017 to determine if the president had been working, knowingly or unknowingly, on behalf of Russia and against American interests.
Trump said at the time that FBI launched its probe “for no reason and with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze" and termed former leaders of the agency “corrupt.”
An email to the White House seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned Thursday, but Trump’s Republican allies sprang to his defense.
"Every American should be outraged," Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "Any talk of the 25th Amendment is outrageous."
This is it! Bob Seger will officially play two final concerts in his hometown before retiring.
The Detroit area native has just announced 12 new concerts on his farewell tour. His final two shows on the tour will be in Michigan. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will end his legendary career at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday, June 6 and Saturday, June 8. The two newly announced shows will mark his 28th and 29th appearances at the venue.
added to the farewell tour are: New York, New Jersey, DC, Virginia Beach, Jacksonville, Charlotte SC, Raleigh, Springfield, Tulsa and North Charleston. Tickets for the newly added concerts go on sale Saturday, February 23 at 10 a.m.
Seger and his Silver Bullet Band started this tour in 2017, but had to postpone a large number of shows because the singer had to have back surgery. In 2018, Seger rescheduled those concerts and announced it would be his farewell tour. So far, he’s played 22 sold out shows on this tour including one in Grand Rapids and another in Saginaw.
Farewell tour dates:
- Feb. 15 - Phoenix
- Feb. 17 - Denver
- Feb. 21 - San Diego
- Feb. 23 - Los Angeles
- Feb. 28 - Sacramento
- Mar. 2 - Las Vegas
- Mar. 5 - Albuquerque
- Mar. 7 - Austin
- Mar. 9 - Dallas
- Mar. 12 - Bossier City, LA
- Mar. 15 - Tampa
- Mar. 17 - Ft. Lauderdale
- Apr. 30 - Springfield, MO
- May 2 - The Woodlands, TX
- May 4 - Tulsa, OK
- May 10 - North Charleston, SC
- May 12 - Jacksonville
- May 16 - Charlotte
- May 18 - Virginia Beach
- May 23 - Raleigh
- May 25 - Washington, D.C.
- May 30 - Jones Beach, NY
- June 1 - Holmdel, NJ
- June 6 - Clarkston, MI
- June 8 - Clarkston, MI
Bob Seger brings final tour to DTE Energy Music Theatre in June
DETROIT (WXYZ) — Bob Seger is giving Michiganders two nights to rock and roll with him.
Seger and The Silver Bullets have announced two shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre for their final "Roll Me Away Tour."
The shows are scheduled for Thursday, June 6 and Saturday, June 8. Event times have yet to be announced.
Bob Seger has always stayed true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll. Seger is a GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-talented artist, songwriter, producer, and bandleader whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the fabric of American song. Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has sold more than 53 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as Beautiful Loser, Live Bullet, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Against the Wind and Nine Tonight.
Adams' ex-wife, actress and singer, said Adams was psychologically abusive toward her throughout their marriage. Their divorce was official in 2016.
The Times said the accounts have been corroborated by family members or friends who were present at the time.
Managers for Adams didn't immediately return an email seeking comment from The Associated Press, but his lawyer denied the claims to the Times.
"Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage," Andrew B. Brettler, Adams' layer, told the Times.
Adams tweeted a thread of messages not long after the report with his reaction: "Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period."
He also said he wishes "everyone compassion, understanding and healing."
Adams released his debut album in 2000 and has earned seven Grammy nominations. He famously covered Taylor Swift's Grammy-winning "1989" album in 2015, a year after its release. He has also worked as a producer behind the scenes for acts like Willie Nelson and Jenny Lewis.
Ava said Adams constantly questioned her about her age throughout the nine months they exchanged text messages. The report said she never showed him any identification, and he had pet names for her body parts.
"If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol," he wrote to her via text in November 2014, when he was 40 and she was 16.with women and girls but has denied the allegations.
The singers Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Jaye said Adams behaved inappropriately during their relationships.
Moore, one of the stars of NBC's award-winning "," burst on the scene as a teen singer had musical success in the late '90s and early 2000s. She claimed Adams stalled her music career and told her, "'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument.'"
"His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s," Moore, 34, said to the Times.
Mandy Moore speaks out about ex-husband Ryan Adams' 'controlling behavior'
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"This Is Us" star Mandy Moore says she empathizes with the women who have accused her ex-husband, singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, of exploiting and then stifling female artist's ambitions because she experienced it herself during their six-year marriage.
“Music was a point of control for him,” Moore said. “His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time – my entire mid-to-late 20s." They divorced in 2016.
She made the comments to The New York Times in a story that details Adams' history of taking advantage of championing, manipulating and harassing female aspiring artists, including having phone sex and exchanging graphic texts with an underage girl. Seven women and more than a dozen associates were interviewed for the story.
"What you experience with him – the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back-and-forth behavior – feels so exclusive,” Moore said. “You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
But through the reporting of the Times story, Moore and other women scarred by their relationships with Adams say they have formed a support system and spoken out together in hopes of protecting others.
After the Times story was published Wednesday, Moore posted a message on Instagram about the importance of speaking up.
"Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it," she captioned an image of herself used for the Times' story. "My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever"
Adams, 44, who the Times described as "equal parts punk-rock folk hero and romantic troubadour," comes off as a manipulative boor in the Times' reporting, someone who championed upcoming female artists, especially young ones, and promised career advancement while also pursuing them for sex.
If he didn't get his way, he would sometimes "turn domineering and vengeful, jerking away his offers of support when spurned, and subjecting women to emotional and verbal abuse, and harassment in texts and on social media," the Times reported Wednesday.
Late Wednesday, Adams released a statement through his lawyer, emailed to USA TODAY.
"I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly. But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false.
"I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period."
The Times said the accounts of Adams' alleged behavior were corroborated by family members or friends of the women who were present at the time, as well as by correspondence from Adams reviewed by the paper.
Especially troubling was the accusation that Adams had an inappropriate online relationship with a teenage girl that began with graphic texting and moved on to video calls on Skype where Adams exposed himself during phone sex.
The paper reviewed more than 3,200 texts Adams exchanged with a girl they called Ava, who is now 20 but was 15 and 16 during a nine-month period they had an online relationship. They never met in person.
In the texts, Adams questioned Ava about her age, and she sometimes lied and said she was older than she was. He didn't seem convinced, the paper reported, but their sexual conversations continued. “i would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this,” Adams wrote to her in November 2014.
Adams is denying these accusations, according to his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, a member of a major celebrity legal firm in Los Angeles. Brettler told the Times the singer did not recall these exchanges with Ava, and if she had been underage, he didn't know it.
“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” Brettler said.
The Times said laws covering sexually explicit communication with a minor vary from state to state and are separate from age-of-consent laws, which involve physical contact.
In Ohio, where Ava lived, it’s a felony to solicit, exchange or possess any content that shows a minor under 18 engaging in sexual activity. In New York, where Adams was during some of his exchanges with Ava, there are similar laws regarding children younger than 17. Federal statutes use 18 as the age of adulthood. The Times quoted legal experts who said that prosecuting such cases involves disputes over jurisdiction and whether the adult reasonably believed the minor was of legal age.
As for the "extremely serious and outlandish" accusations by the adult women, Brettler said Adams doesn't have the power to make or break careers. The lawyer said Adams believes some of the allegations are “grousing by disgruntled individuals” who blamed Adams for personal or professional disappointments and were now out to harm him.
The Times report is another in a series of reports that have spurred the #MeToo movement to call out sexual misconduct across multiple industries, especially in media and entertainment. So far, not many music stars have been among the named and shamed, probably because few people expect rock stars to be Boy Scouts.
"But many in the business say that harassment and inequitable treatment of women is pervasive and that the 'sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll' ethos has shielded men from being held to account," the Times reported.
According to the Times, Adams became a solo star in the early 2000s, with the album "Heartbreaker" and songs like "New York, New York," at the same time he was bedeviled with notorious addiction and mental health issues.
He was an "early adopter" in reaching out directly to his audience via social media, and used Twitter and Instagram to scout and meet female artists. "It was on Twitter that he found Ava, who excitedly messaged him to say hello after she followed him and he followed her back.
“I was really alone,” Ava told the Times, “and he was really friendly and cool.”
The Times named some of the women it interviewed, including Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Jaye, two musicians who were initially beguiled by Adams' energy and enthusiasm for their career prospects. But they were shaken after he became obsessive and abusive in pursuit of sex. Two other female singer-songwriters described similar patterns but were not identified.
In his statement, Adams said he was saddened by what the women in his past life said, and promised to do better.
"As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly," he said. "I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
As Mo’Nique tells it, she was blackballed in Hollywood for saying one word: no.
“I said no to some very powerful people,” she said to Steve Harvey on Wednesday.
The actress, who would go on to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2010 for her role in “Precious,” said she and her husband “got labeled as difficult” when she refused the overtures of the film’s producers to campaign for the honor without additional pay. The first line of her acceptance speech that night reflected her defiant stance: “I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.”
But instead of a career filled with steady work reflective of Oscar glory, the four film roles listed on her IMDB page since 2009 tell a decidedly different trajectory.
In a tense 11-minute discussion on Wednesday’s “Steve,” Harvey and Mo’Nique debated her claims about being blackballed and what her story means for black entertainers in the industry. The exchange went viral on social media, with many accusing Harvey of telling Mo’Nique to sell out and choose money over integrity.
As Mo’Nique tried to get in a word, Harvey argued over her that “the best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”
Mo’Nique has repeatedly said that her clash with the producers on “Precious," a powerful group that included Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and director Lee Daniels, led to her getting blackballed. Daniels confirmed that her behavior caused a rift with the industry, telling the Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that "her demands through ‘Precious’ were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.” But he’s also denied that she was blackballed.
Last year, Mo’Nique pushed a boycott of Netflix for “gender bias and color bias” after she said she was offered just $500,000 to do a comedy special, a fraction of the eight-figure payouts awarded to the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer. Harvey commended her for speaking out against Netflix but continued to question her methods in pushing back on some of Hollywood’s most prominent names.
Monique responded by arguing that she’d chosen ethics over cash.
“Before the money game, it’s called the integrity game,” the actress said. “And we’ve lost the integrity worrying about the money.”
With Mo’Nique quiet heading into the commercial break, viewers argued that Harvey’s arguments missed the mark on what she was standing up for.
Even Mo’Nique, the first black comedian to have a Las Vegas residency, “Mo’Nique Does Vegas,” made light of the tone and scope of that part of the talk on Twitter, retweeting two tweets supporting her.
“It’s so sad to watch @moworldwide lay out the case for integrity and Steve Harvey basically answer back with a road map to becoming a sellout in 3 easy steps,” one person wrote.
“I don’t like the fact you’ve been blackballed,” he said, adding that he admitted he should have called her when she was going through those difficult early times. “You can be un-blackballed.”
Mo’Nique, who likened their talks to that of a brother and a sister when their parents are not in the room, said she had to “understand how to agree to disagree without being upset.”
“I’m not upset with you,” she told Harvey. “I love you. I disagree with the way Oprah, Lee and Tyler did it, but I love them.”
Harvey soon ended an emotionally charged interview on a hopeful note.
“Let’s heal this thing and move forward so the world can see how great we all are,” he said.
The interview began with Mo’Nique tackling the characterization that she is “difficult” to work with, which she says began in 2009 when she refused producers Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels' requests to promote their film “Precious,” which Mo’Nique went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for.
She added Harvey to her “list” of those who did her wrong.
“Y’all knew I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong. And when I heard you go on the air and said, ‘My sister had burnt too many bridges and there’s nothing I could do for her now,’ Steve, do you know how hurt I was?” Mo’Nique asked.
Harvey responded by telling his comedy colleague she “went about it wrong” and how she did a “disservice” to herself, pointing to her boycott of Netflix after she was offered a lower figure for a standup special versus other comedians, describing the dispute as “rich people problems.”
Mo’Nique pushed back, calling it an issue of “inequality.”
“Inequality is devastating and it’s extreme. And when people said, ‘Mo’Nique, do you think calling a boycott was extreme,’ you’re damn right. But isn’t inequality extreme? So we’ve got to get to a place where we’re unafraid to say it out loud,” she argued.
The Oscar-winner told Harvey that she wished he could have called her before making his remarks on his radio show, something he later expressed he regretted.
Harvey then invoked what he thought were problematic remarks when she told Winfrey, Perry, and Daniels to “suck my d---” during her standup in 2017.
“We can’t cure darkness with more darkness,” Harvey said.
This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game
“What we can do is cure it with comedy. And what I’m not going to do, Steve, I’m never, ever gonna waver from my comedy show on that stage. That’s my gift and that’s my freedom. And what happens is when you allow people to start taking your freedom and your gift and making it become what makes them comfortable, we then lose,” Mo’Nique replied. “When you called me with the morning show on the phone, I said to you, ‘Steve, my family is suffering is behind this and y’all know I did nothing wrong. Y’all know that my husband did nothing wrong. But none of y’all in real time, in real time, were strong enough to go publically and say ‘we can’t throw our sister under the bus.’”
“Because Mo, listen to me, we’re fighting two wars here,” Harvey quickly reacted. “There’s two wars, it’s what your issue is and is what the perception of the issue is.”
“All of you said privately, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’” Mo’Nique told the audience.
“When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any kind of way we want to,” Harvey exclaimed. “This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game. And you cannot sacrifice yourself. The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”
Mo’Nique shot back, saying “before the money game is the integrity game.” Harvey rejected her argument.
“If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble. I cannot, for the sake of my integrity, stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way,” Harvey told Mo’Nique.
Harvey was widely criticized on social media for choosing money over integrity.
According to her IMDB page, Mo’Nique has only added five credits to her resume since winning her Academy Award, the most recent from a film in 2016
The singer and actress said she had sugar withdrawal headaches, but she’s ready to do it again
Cutting out sugar and carbs completely for 10 days was far tougher than Jennifer Lopez expected — and it sometimes made her feel like she was living in “an alternate reality.”
But the singer and actress said it was a good shock to her body as she prepares to play a stripper in an upcoming movie — and she’s ready to do the 10-day challenge all over again.
Lopez, 49, said that her trainer, Dodd Romero, suggested the program as she readies to wear the skimpy outfits required for the role.
“He said, ‘You know what, let’s do something, let’s take it [up a notch],’ ” Lopez recalled on Ellen with Ellen DeGeneres. “Because I’ve been working out, I work out a lot, I try to stay healthy. And he’s like, ‘Let’s do something to move the needle a little bit.’ “
Romero knows that sugar and carbs are “most of my diet,” Lopez said.
“He’s like, ‘Let’s just cut it out.’ I was like, ‘Completely?? Like cold turkey?’ And he’s like, yes. Ten days. It was really hard.”
Lopez said that the sugar withdrawal was unbelievable.
“Not only do you get a headache, but you feel like you’re in an alternate reality or universe,” she said. “Like you don’t feel like yourself. You realize that you’re addicted to sugar. And I’m thinking about it all the time. I’m like, ‘When can I have sugar again? I’m going to have cookies and then I’m going to have bread and then I’m going to have bread with butter.’ “
But over the ten days, Lopez’s mental state improved.
“It was really hard in the beginning, and it was the discipline. I was like, it’s only 10 days, c’mon, you can do this,” she said. “And then it gets a little hard in the middle, and then by the end you’re like, okay.”
And once Lopez could finally get eat her beloved sugar again, she wasn’t as interested.
Lopez also loved how her body felt.
“What happens is, it takes down the inflammation a little bit,” she said. “So all of a sudden you start feeling really small, and less swollen, and it feels good. You get addicted to that feeling too.”
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The singer dished on their first Valentine's Day on Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Looking back two years ago, Lopez recalled flying into Las Vegas for her residency and feeling tired after her travels. But when she got to her room, she found chocolates, flowers and even a cake.
"I was like, 'Who sent me all that?'" she recalled. "You know, I didn't know who it was—kind of—because it was kind of new."
While Lopez insisted she isn't high maintenance, the romantic gesture certainly made her feel special.
"But it was really nice because it made me feel like, 'Oh, he likes me!'" the "Jenny From the Block" star continued.
"I got some work to do in the morning," she joked.
Luckily, Jimmy Kimmel already had a gift for A-Rod. The host presented Lopez with a plain baseball to give to the former Yankees player.
"He can play with it; he can throw it; he can hit if he wants," the late-night host joked. "He can do whatever he wants with it. The possibilities are endless."
Lopez and Rodriguez have had a lot of reasons to celebrate lately. They also recently enjoyed their 2-year anniversary.