INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT – In his first television interview since his firing as the acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe tells Scott Pelley about the events that occurred behind the scenes between the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the initiation of the Mueller investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. Patricia Milton, Robert G. Anderson and Aaron Weisz are the producers. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT
THE CHIBOK GIRLS – Lesley Stahl gains rare access to some of the young women from Chibok, Nigeria, who endured beatings, bombings and starvation for three years while captives of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Alexandra Poolos and Kate Morris are the producers.
ANDREW MCCABE TELLS HOW HE BEGAN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATIONS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS POSSIBLE TIES TO RUSSIA SOON AFTER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY’S FIRING – “60 MINUTES” SUNDAY
The Former Acting FBI Director Speaks to Scott Pelley in His First TV Interview Since His Firing
Soon after speaking to President Trump about the firing of his boss James Comey, Andrew McCabe, who became the Bureau’s acting director, began obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president and his ties to Russia. In his first television interview since his own firing, McCabe tells Scott Pelley he wanted those inquiries to be documented and underway so they would be difficult to quash without raising scrutiny. The interview with the veteran FBI agent who rose to acting director of the Bureau will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Feb. 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The first excerpt from the interview will be broadcast on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00 AM, ET) today in conjunction with an interview with Pelley on the program about his report on McCabe. McCabe has written a book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, in which he describes his career and the FBI investigative process. It’s an insider’s account that details FBI decisions in the 2016 election and what took place at the Bureau in the days between the firing of Comey and the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to probe Russian influence in the election.
Text of the excerpt on CBS THIS MORNING is below; please credit 60 MINUTES.
MCCABE: 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. And that was something that troubled me greatly.
PELLEY: How long was it after that that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?
MCCABE: I think the next day, I 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. 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. 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.
PELLEY: You wanted a documentary record –
MCCABE: That’s right –
PELLEY: – That those investigations had begun because you feared that they would be made to go away.
Their story went viral and captivated the world: 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria and taken into the forest by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. They endured beatings and bombing attacks and had to eat grass to thwart starvation. Three years after their kidnapping, the Nigerian government was able to free 103 of them. They are traumatized from their ordeal, but undaunted in their pursuit of the education that made them targets for their captors in 2014. Lesley Stahl gains rare access to some of the young women at their school for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
They are now in their 20s and once again can sing together the Christian songs they grew up with but could never sing above a whisper in captivity. Rebecca, one of the “Chibok Girls,” so named for their hometown, tells Stahl, “[Boko Haram said] if you didn’t convert to Islam, you wouldn’t get home alive.”
Stahl visited a group of the women in a special boarding school they attend to continue their studies in preparation for college and receive much-needed help from therapist Somiari Demm. The process of balancing the learning with the healing is a delicate one. “I think at times, we need to kind of scale it back. Trauma really changes the brain, whether memory, cognition, recall, retrieval,” says Demm. “We have to meet them where they are. If not, all we’re doing is making the situation worse.”
Keeping the women physically together after their captivity is central to their caretakers’ strategy of healing and educating them. They took care of each other in captivity, right from the first night. Grace badly injured her leg when she was captured. “They are taking care of me. They are fetching water. They are washing me, my clothes, and everything,” Grace recalls. Her friend Aisha tells Stahl, “We are worried about her leg. We don’t have anybody there who will take care of her. Only us.”
Says Demm, “They just had an unbelievable bond, and an attachment to each other.”
Boko Haram roughly translates to “western education is forbidden.” But even after their kidnapping, the women are determined to finish their schooling. Rebecca tells Stahl, “Even what happened with me will not stop me doing what I already desire in my mind.”