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

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Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!"

After Comey was dismissed in May 2017, Rosenstein revealed that President Donald Trump wanted him to mention Russian Federation in the statement outlining reasons for Comey's firing, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Prosecutors interviewed fired FBI director James Comey and are considering whether his deputy Andrew McCabe should be charged for lying to federal agents, a report suggests. In the early afternoon of May 9, Trump fires then-FBI Director James Comey.

The memo concerns a conversation that McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Rosenstein's preparations for Comey's firing. Mr. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Mr. Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton.

In the confidential memo, McCabe described a conversation he had with the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, in which the pair discussed another memo criticising Comey, according to a source quoted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Even before the allegations against him, McCabe had become a lightning rod in the political battles over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Any indications that the president was in fact motivated by the Russian Federation investigation to act against Comey could fuel the obstruction of justice component of Mueller's probe. "Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions", Sessions said in a statement. There is no evidence to suggest however, that Halper was inserted into the Trump campaign, as the president has suggested.

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.

"So, you got a group there, a lynching mob, so let them do their job and, boy, we're ready to knock the heck out of you with our report, which will be authoritative", Giuliani said. Still, one consideration lingers: It takes an wonderful level of shamelessness to say something on national TV, then act like it never happened.

"He fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn't a target of the investigation", Giuliani said.

Wikileaks posted an email Kadzik, then a DOJ official, sent to Podesta, the chair of Clinton's campaign, in May 2015, flagging an upcoming hearing where a DOJ official would be testifying and was "likely to get questions on State Department emails".