In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, President Trump called terminated FBI Director James Comey a ‘showboat’.
‘He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil,’ Trump said Thursday.
“I actually asked him” if I were under investigation, Trump said, noting that he spoke with Comey once over dinner and twice by phone.
“I said, if it’s possible would you let me know, ‘Am I under investigation?’ He said, ‘You are not under investigation.'”
“I know I’m not under investigation,” Trump told Holt.
During the 31-minute White House interview the president reiterated he had been planning to fire Comey before he received Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation.
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.
Despite this interview, Trump’s opponents will still try to frame Comey’s firing as a way for POTUS to ‘get rid’ of his Russia problems.
Late last night, POTUS published a video highlighting the Dems hypocrisy on Comey’s sacking.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017
“The Democrats should be ashamed,” Trump tweeted. “This is a disgrace!” he said. “#DrainTheSwamp.”
The video features Sen. Bernie Sanders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Chris Murphy, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Jerry Nadler, and Sen. Tim Kaine.
All these big-whig liberals whom love to hate Trump are caught in their hypocrisy.
“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” Trump tweeted. “Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites!”