Sarah Huckabee Sanders admits Trump fired Comey to end Russian Federation probe

Posted May 13, 2017

"Me personally, I'm not talking about campaigns, I'm not talking about anything else", Trump told Holt. "There's no good time to do it, by the way". "I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately". Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. He made a recommendation. That was not included in the memo dated Tuesday in which Rosenstein outlined his recommendation to fire Comey.

The president added that he asked Comey three times - once in person, twice on the phone - if he was under investigation. You know the steam is just brutal.

"If Russia hacked", Trump said, "if Russia did anything having to do with our election I want to know about it". "It hasn't recovered from that".

"I think there are skeptics up on Capitol Hill", he said, referring to Democrats who are accusing Trump of firing Comey due to the Russian Federation investigation.

"Every time a job comes open in Washington, you guys, especially your paper, throws eight different stories on your websites speculating if I'm gonna get it", said Christie, who had lobbied Trump to be attorney general and reportedly turned down other cabinet posts offered to him.

"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", said McCabe, who was Comey's deputy.

"We had a very nice dinner at the White House very early on".

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Sanders said Comey's inability to hunt down the source of leaks in the executive branch was "one of the many factors" that led to his ouster. We'll see what happens'.

"I know that I'm not under investigation". Comey was only the second Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired in modern history. Comey was serving a 10-year term and, while he clearly misbehaved before the election, firing him in the midst of his supervising an investigation potentially implicating Trump and his aides makes the stated reasons for the termination unbelievable.

"I'll tell you this", Trump said, repeating, "if Russian Federation or anybody else is trying to interfere with our elections I think it's a terrible thing and I want to get to the bottom of it and I want to make sure it will never ever happen". "I'm not under investigation". "Everybody knows that", the president insisted on Thursday.

"There's no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians".

When Holt asked the president if he would send a message to the new FBI director to "lay off" the investigation into Russian collusion, Trump responded, "no".

Trump, who axed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, kept up the attack Thursday, calling Comey "a showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt.