Donald Trump has now confirmed many people’s suspicions about why he fired FBI Director James Comey, saying that the “Russia thing” was part of the reasoning.
Trump’s latest statement contradicts previous White House claims that Comey was fired because he had mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Originally, Trump’s representatives had sought to deny any link between Comey’s fate and the Russian allegations, sharing several letters with the public to try and show that the FBI Director had been relieved of his duties due to his handling of the Clinton case, but now it seems like the president is ready to reveal the truth, stating quite clearly that he planned to fire Comey “regardless”.
The “Russia Thing”
After allegations suggested that Russia may have been involved in influencing the presidential election, Comey began an investigation into the claims. The fact that Trump has now openly admitted to firing Comey because of this investigation will raise more doubts and suspicions about what exactly went on during the election.
The president, however, maintains that any possibility of Russian involvement in his election is completely “made-up”.
Trump made the statements in an interview with NBC News, claiming that “I was going to fire Comey. My decision. I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.”
“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.”
“It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
During the interview, Trump also attacked Comey’s attitude, calling him a “showboat” and “grandstander”.
Andrew McCabe, the current FBI Acting Director, revealed that many members of the bureau were disappointed with recent events, stating that “director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.”
McCabe went on to say, “I can tell you that I hold director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity.”