In his upcoming book, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe states that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was guided in his judgement by national and religious stereotypes. McCabe briefly served as acting director of the FBI in the time period between James Comey's dismissal and Christopher Wray's confirmation.
The former FBI deputy head, whose "disdain for Trump is rivaled only by his contempt for Sessions," in the words of the Washington Post's Greg Miller, wrote in his memoir "The Threat" that at some point, Sessions told McCabe that the bureau was better when it "only hired Irishmen."
"They were drunks, but they could be trusted," Sessions allegedly said. "Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they're doing?"
McCabe berates the former attorney general for believing "that Islam — inherently — advocates extremism," Newsweek's David Brennan writes in his review.
But the former bureau deputy chief doesn't stop there, writing that Sessions had "struggled to keep up with the most basic demands of his job." In particular, the former attorney general allegedly had "trouble focusing, particularly when topics of conversation strayed from a small number of issues," McCabe writes.
The book grabbed headlines Thursday after McCabe told CBS he authorized an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.
In response, Trump hit back at McCabe, calling him a "disgrace to the FBI and disgrace to our country."
"McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel' when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax — a puppet for Leakin' James Comey," Trump wrote in a tweet. "[Inspector General] report on McCabe was devastating. Part of ‘insurance policy' in case I won…."