Trump: ‘I Never Fired James Comey Because Of Russia’

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump reiterated his long-held official position that he did not fire former FBI director James Comey because of the investigation into his campaign.

Trump is reacting to a recently revealed memo authored by former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. McCabe wrote in a confidential memo after Trump’s firing that he was concerned deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation to fire Comey was made under false pretenses. McCabe claimed Rosenstein referenced the investigation while ginning up his memo to the president recommending the FBI director’s firing.

Trump has long battled back accusations that he fired Comey for the Russia investigation, particularly after he gave an interview to NBCNews Lester Holt. The president told Holt that when he made the decision to fire Comey, “I said to myself, I said ‘you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.'”