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Andrew McCabe’s latest revelations show how Trump is his own worst enemy

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Andrew McCabe, who became acting director of the FBI when President Trump fired James Comey in May 2017, has a new book coming out, and what has been revealed so far is causing a stir. While much of the attention today is on McCabe’s revelation that senior Justice Department officials discussed whether it might become necessary to invoke the 25th Amendment and have Trump removed from office, there’s a story underneath dramatic moments like that one that needs to be understood.

McCabe's account adds further detail to a picture of a president who is his own worst enemy. Again and again, Donald Trump's narcissism and insecurity led him to put himself in more jeopardy than he was already in. Had he been able to control himself, he might have gotten away with a lot more.

Let me start with this seemingly minor point from the excerpt of McCabe’s book published in The Atlantic today. The day after Comey was fired, Trump called McCabe while he was meeting with FBI staff working on the Russia investigation:

The president said, I’m good. You know -- boy, it’s incredible, it’s such a great thing, people are really happy about the fact that the director’s gone, and it’s just remarkable what people are saying. Have you seen that? Are you seeing that, too?

He went on: I received hundreds of messages from FBI people -- how happy they are that I fired him. There are people saying things on the media, have you seen that? What’s it like there in the building?

This is what it was like: You could go to any floor and you would see small groups gathering in hallways, some people........

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