Trump to Lester Holt, Comey Told Me I was Not Under Investigation

Thursday, in an interview with Lester Holt on NBC News, President Trump admitted he had already made up his mind to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. Yet, in the letter sent to Comey, terminating his employment with the FBI, Trump’s reasons were that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and that Comey should not have had a public speech declaring the ending of the investigation. It was also said that President Trump had acted on the recommendations made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In the interview, though, President Trump attacked Comey saying that Comey was “He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil,” Trump told NBC News. “You know that, I know that, everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn’t recovered from that.” Trump also stated that “I was going to fire regardless of the recommendation.” Continuing Trump said “there’s no good time to fire, by the way.” Yet the new acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe disagreed strongly with that assertion.

Asked at a Senate hearing that did the staff at the FBI had full confidence in and were they supportive of former Director James Comey despite the White House saying otherwise after his firing on Tuesday. McCabe strongly stated that, “I can tell you that I hold director Comey in the absolute highest regard. Continuing McCabe stated that “I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity and it has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him. I can tell you also that director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.”

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, is admitting that he asked the FBI Director, while there was an on-going probe, on whether he, himself, was not under investigation. The President states that on three occasions Comey repeatedly told him,” No you are not under investigation.” The President states that Comey and he had dinner so Comey could ask to keep his job and told the President then he was not under Investigation. Then Trump told Holt that there were 2 phones calls where Comey advised the President he was not under investigation. Ethics guidelines are that the President is not to interfere with a FBI probe.

The White House has stated over again and again, that the firing of James Comey, had nothing to do with the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which Comey first revealed publicly in March and includes any possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign colluded with Russia, and has even suggested that Moscow wasn’t responsible for cyberattacks on Democrats.

In October, 2016, Trump stated, “It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution.” Trump said of Comey: “I was not his fan, but I’ll tell you what: What he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back.” Yet, Tuesday the President fired Comey.

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