Trump says Comey was 'showboat' and he planned to fire him anyway

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

"I know I'm not under investigation", Trump told Holt.

It's a stunning reversal.

In his termination letter to Comey, sent to reporters on Tuesday, Trump thanked him for informing him "three times" that he is not under investigation.

The original explanation was never a sustainable one. Sanders cited Comey's July news conference which he held without notifying his superiors at the Justice Department.

The White House has spent the past two days trying to adjust their spin to accommodate reality. By Thursday, President Trump simply broke the spin. The same evening, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the decision was the Justice Department's. The FBI investigation, with Mr Comey at its helm, was accelerating prior to his dismissal. Twitter CEO calls Trump's tweets "important" MORE and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. "That was a DOJ decision". "He's a showboat. He's a grandstander", the president said of Comey.

May 10, about 11 am: During a photo op with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Trump is asked why he fired Comey. "He was not doing a good job".

"We consider it to be a highly significant investigation", McCabe said. That appointment was made by Comey, who at the time was deputy attorney general. The President asked they put those concerns and their recommendation in writing, which is the letter that you guys have received. "His involvement in Comey's firing doesn't just undermine, it eviscerates the belief in his impartiality or credibility on this". "'We'll see what happens, '" Mr Trump said.

Asked to react to the comments made to NBC's Lester Holt, Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of that committee, said he was "offended" by the president's comments.

"I said, 'If it's possible, will you let me know?"

TRUMP: I was going to fire Comey. "There's no good time to do it. ..." I was going to fire regardless of recommendations.

Trump initially claimed in the interview that Comey asked for the dinner to ask to stay on as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. White House officials over the last two days repeatedly have said that Trump had a conversation about Comey with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday and decided Tuesday based on their recommendation.

"I think there are skeptics up on Capitol Hill", he said, referring to Democrats who are accusing Trump of firing Comey due to the Russian Federation investigation. Rosenstein also wrote a memo blasting Comey's handling of the email probe. According to the Washington Post, he threatened to resign.

Democrats said MNr Trump's move echoed the Watergate scandal of the 1970s that eventually prompted the resignation of Richard Nixon as president. "I think everything the president does creates political blowback, because I think the president is treated quite unfairly".

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