An excerpt released by NBC News the President commented that regardless of the recommendation he was going to receive from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein he was going to fire Comey.
“He’s a showboat, he’s grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil,” Trump said of Comey in his wide-ranging interview with Holt. “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.”
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 11, 2017
In the sections released by NBC News they report:
Trump said he never tried to pressure Comey into dropping the FBI probe of the Trump campaign and insisted, “I want to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russia.”
Asked by Holt if by firing Comey he was trying to send a “lay off” message to his successor, Trump said, “I’m not.”
“If Russia did anything, I want to know that,” he said.
But Trump also insisted there was no “collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians.”
“Also, the Russians did not affect the vote,” he said.
Holt’s interview with the president came as Washington was still reeling over Trump’s removal of Comey on Tuesday.
Trump insisted he canned Comey because “he was not doing a good job” and the White House on Wednesday cited the FBI chief’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as the reason they were firing the veteran G-man.
The Democrats, many of whom believe that Comey’s intrusion into the election helped Trump win the presidency, immediately denounced the move and called for the appointment of a special prosecutor as New York Senator Charles Schumer suggested a “cover-up” was underway.
“The timing of Director Comey’s dismissal to me and many committee members on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling,” Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Thursday at the opening of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
The interview is scheduled to air at 6:30 pm. What do you think about the President comments over the firing of James Comey?