Trump Contradicts Himself by Claiming He Didn't Fire Comey Over Russia

James Comey speaks on Capitol Hill

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss a secret document that has been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller. And the Justice Department released a report revealing that the special counsel's Russian Federation probe has cost at least $16 million so far.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., has reportedly interviewed former FBI Director James Comey about whether his deputy, Andrew McCabe, committed a crime by lying to federal agents. "The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!", the president posted on his Twitter account. If Trump needed a cover story, it would have been to distract away from the Russian Federation probe as a proximate cause of Comey's firing.

But is "cover story" and "obstruction" the only interpretation possible?

Comey has said that even though he feels "mildly nauseous" that his announcement may have impacted the election, he doesn't regret sending the letters. "It will be backed up".

Giuliani said Trump did the Lester Holt interview "to explain to the American people the president was not the target of the investigation".

It was not immediately clear what report Giuliani was referring to. Mike Lee of Utah, who told CNN, "That's pretty strong language". "This is an investigation".

In the same television interview, Trump also undermined the White House's initial claim that the decision to sack Comey came from a recommendation from the Justice Department.

The statement contradicts what Trump told NBC Nightly News's Lester Holt a year ago in a televised interview .




In a separate tweet Thursday, Trump continued to insist that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spied on his 2016 campaign and claimed that the media "is working overtime" to avoid reporting about it.

"Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump told Holt.

On the other hand, the idea that Trump fired Comey because he broke protocol on the Hillary Clinton investigation and made her look unnecessarily bad doesn't exactly hold water, either. "He's entitled to that".

According to published reports, McCabe allowed two FBI officials to give information to the media about a separate criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation. "Actually, he couldn't get that".

Over the holiday weekend, the president repeatedly tweeted commentary from guests appearing on Fox News criticizing the inquiry led by Mueller's team. That's on top of the $6.7 million spent on the probe the previous four months.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel one week after Comey was sacked. The office has also spent about $750,000 on travel, almost all of which went toward temporary duty costs for Justice Department employees on loan to the Mueller investigation.

'We said at that time that we were confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the U.S. Attorney's Office would conclude that it should decline to prosecute.

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