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Trump to NBC News: Comey was out even without deputy AG recommendation

Comey’s fate was sealed – by Comey, says the president

(National SentinelPolitics: In an interview with NBC News nightly anchor Lester Holt Thursday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump earlier breathless reporting from the rest of the discredited mainstream media that were it not for a “loss of confidence” memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James B. Comey would still have his job.

“He’s a showboat, he’s grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil,” Trump said. “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.”

The president also said he actually asked Comey if he was under investigation, and he said the former FBI director told him he was not. Of that exchange, NBC News observed:

It would be highly unusual for someone who might be the focus of an FBI probe to ask whether he was under investigation and to be directly told by the FBI director that he was not.

Trump also said his firing of Comey was in no way connected to a desire to quash the ongoing [false] ‘Russia collusion’ story.

“I want to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russia,” he said. “If Russia did anything, I want to know that.”

But he also repeated oft-stated claims that there was no Trump campaign collusion with Russia, on any level or at any time.

“Also, the Russians did not affect the vote,” he said.

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