President Trump has broken his silence on why he fired FBI Director James Comey and he defended it strongly.
Simply put, Trump told reporters Comey ‘wasn’t doing a good job’.
He made this blunt statement from the Oval Office while in a meeting with former Secretary of State — under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford — Henry Kissinger.
Per the Daily Mail, asked why he fired Comey, Trump responded: ‘Because he wasn’t doing a good job, very simply. He was not doing a good job.’
The president shook his head when asked whether the issue affected his meeting with the Russians today. He had met earlier with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – as well as Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to reporters in the Capitol as the saga unfolded, and said the decision to fire Comey did not have anything to do with government probes of Russian election interference.
“That was not what this was about,” Pence said. ‘The president took strong and decisive leadership here to put the safety and security of the American people first.’
Pence also claimed Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, made the reccommendation that Trump fire Comey.
Calling Rosenstein a man of ‘great character’ and integrity, Pence said he ‘came to work, sat down and made the recommendation for the FBI to be able to do its job that it would need new leadership.’
Democrats want to call Rosenstein to brief them on the order of events and whether Trump was behind the decision to fire Comey.
The president fired off a series of blasts at fired FBI Director James Comey Wednesday morning, amid a growing storm over his sudden firing of the longtime lawman a day earlier and new calls for an independent Russia probe.
Who will trump replace Comey with?
That is to be determined.
What do you think is the reason Trump fired Comey?
Who should take his place?