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"I Was Going To Fire Him Anyway" Trump Slams "Showboat, Grandstander" Comey

"Looks he's a a showboat, he's a grand-stander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil. Less than a year ago, it hasn't recovered from that," exclaims President Trump about Comey during an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt.

Which is odd because Andrew McCabe just denied any turmoil in The FBI...

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe: "I don't believe there is a crisis of confidence in the leadership of the FBI." pic.twitter.com/3GgHHtpAFi

— Zach Schurmann (@zachschurmann)

But what is perhaps the greatest 'faux pas' of the interview, Trump then added that he was going to fire FBI Director James Comey "regardless" of what the Justice Department recommended, contradicting what the White House said Wednesday...  

WH statement, May 9: "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein & AG Jeff Sessions."

Thus seemingly destroying the only legitimate cover he had for making the call. 

Trump also said that he asked Comey explicitly whether he was personally being investigated as part of the bureau's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I actually asked him, yes,"

 

"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know am I under investigation?'

 

He said, 'You are not under investigation.'"

And here is the clip...

Trump on Comey: "He's a grandstander, a showboat" it was my decision pic.twitter.com/a7sMG6hBAv

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer)