The storyline about FBI Director James Comey and his abrupt firing from President Donald Trump keeps changing, and the intensity of the controversy keeps building. President Trump revealed in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he thought Comey was a “showboat.” The president also said that he asked James Comey if he was under FBI investigation possibly three times for alleged ties to Russia.
NBC broke into the network’s regularly scheduled programming to report on Lester Holt’s interview with the president. It was the most recent example of the kind of heat Trump has come under since firing Comey in the midst of his supervision of the investigation of Russian meddling in the election and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump said that he spoke to Comey once over a White House dinner and twice by phone. “I said, ‘If it is possible, would you let me know [if] I am under investigation’? He said, ‘You are not under investigation,’” the president said. But reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, relying on anonymous sources, have expressed that the President’s claim that Comey told him he was not under investigation as being false.
Another interesting element in Trump’s interview was the discrepancy regarding how the firing happened. The White House had made claims previously that a Justice Department recommendation had spurred Trump to remove Comey from his position as director of the FBI. But President Trump declared that he had already decided to fire Comey even before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended that he be fired.
This doesn’t seem like a story that will fade quickly. What do you think about the president’s words in this interview with NBC News? Will Trump get caught in what seems like a storyline that keeps changing, or is the media driving this controversy to serve its anti-Trump purposes?