The bad news came from former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The decision is subject to confirmation in the Senate.
"We thought that a potential threat to national security might exist", McCabe said. He may garner some sympathy from the public. It was an idea previously considered by the FBI but only started following former FBI Director James Comey's dismissal in May 2017.
As to why he didn't speak out earlier, McCabe said he felt he had to make an argument in a thoughtful way about how the President is undermining the justice system.
Congressional leadership did not object when former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe informed them that the FBI had opened a counter-intelligence investigation into President Donald Trump, McCabe said Tuesday.
Rosenstein was responsible for the May 2017 naming of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the last presidential election and that the Trump campaign colluded in that effort. Graham said, adding that McCabe "went on national television and made an accusation that floors me".
An internal Department of Justice Inspector General investigation found that McCabe lied under oath three separate times.
"I can't even describe for you how many things would have been coursing through the Deputy Attorney-General's mind at that point". But it was Rosenstein who wrote the detailed memo setting forth the reasons for Comey's firing.
McCabe's book is called "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of terror and Trump". His departure was widely expected following the confirmation of new Attorney General Bill Barr last week.
He previously served in the administration of Republican president George W Bush, first as general counsel for the Department of Transportation and later for the Office of Management and Budget.
Speaking with NBC, McCabe said, "No one really takes the president's tweets seriously". And why would the DOJ fire him for making an "unauthorized disclosure to the news media" if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had given him the authority to do so?
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to McCabe's comments on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time", saying McCabe's comment is "hardly dignifying with a response".
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller. He served as the legal attaché at the American Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and in Paris, France.