Trump Asserts He Did Not Fire FBI Chief Over Russia Probe

Anchor George Stephanopoulos sits down with former FBI director James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air during a primetime 20/20 special on Sunday

President Donald Trump attacked former FBI director James Comey and claimed he was not fired for his role in the Russian Federation investigation, in a Wednesday tweet. But, most importantly, the president of the United States is calling for the imprisonment of a private citizen, as he's done for a whole lot of people who criticize him. "What do the e-mails say to get a clear picture of his mental state?"

The interview escalated the ongoing battle between Comey and the president, who just hours had tweeted that his former FBI director was "slimeball" and "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

During the segment, anchor Savannah Guthrie referenced comments Trump made in a May 2017 interview with NBC's Lester Holt that seemed to suggest Trump's rationale for firing Comey include the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. I hardly even knew this guy. First of all, he's just making stuff up. After Clinton's loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects. "Was it a decisive factor?" "He wakes up in the morning and tweets at me!" How did you tell him that there was a-and I want to put this delicately-pee-pee tape? "I wish I had a time machine but I don't and I didn't".

For his part, Trump repeatedly hurled insulting tweets at Comey in the run-up to the release, challenging accusations made in the book and the author's integrity.


Mr Comey was sacked in May 2017, with officials accusing him of mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email. Lynch came under fire for meeting with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton and then refusing to recuse herself from the the investigation. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would've been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't. I credit Loretta Lynch [because] I think she's an honest person, saying, 'We talked about grandchildren and other things, ' " the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said.

Trump's tweet came shortly after an appearance by Comey on NBC's "Today" show to promote his new book, during which Comey asserted there "could be" an obstruction of justice case to be made against Trump given the circumstances under which he was sacked. He also rejected the idea that he feels angry over over being fired.

"My reaction was, 'I'm going to get the information out.' I know the information is true and if I'm ever asked about it, of course I'll tell the truth about it", Comey said. They don't quite explain what I was doing in October.

"Selling a presidential pardon to a fugitive says nothing whatsoever about the Clintons or their character - and by the way, Comey goes on to say, that Hillary Clinton is awfully smart and hard-working".

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