Trump Claims He Didn’t Fire Comey Because Of Russia After Telling NBC That He Fired Comey Over Russia

Mediaite reports:

President Donald Trump, amidst a frenzied spurt of tweets Thursday morning, issued one in which he rejected allegations he fired former FBI director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, which remains a core pillar of the argument he obstructed justice.

Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt in May 2017: “And in fact 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’.”

Trump later told Russian officials in the Oval Office the firing of Comey eased pressure on him from the Russia probe. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told the Russians. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”