WASHINGTON – President Trump insisted that on Thursday he did not fire FBI director James Comey over the Russia investigation, despite evidence to the contrary for video and documentation. [19659004] "Not that it matters, but I never fired James Comey about Russia!" Trump tweeted before embarking on a fundraising trip to Texas. "The corrupt mainstream media love to push this story forward, but they know it That it's not true! "

Two days after being released on May 9, 2017, Trump told NBC News that the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein Comeys advocated Without this recommendation, he would have committed the same act – and he called Russia as a reason.

"And indeed, when I decided to just do it, I told myself, I said," You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a fictional story, "Trump told NBC's Lester Holt is an apology to the Democrats for losing an election they should have won. "

Trump's critics quickly quoted the NBC interview as saying" @realDonaldTrump tweeted that he did not fire Comey over the Russia investigation, " tweeted Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. "Let's go to videotape."

Trump's claim came a day after the news that former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe wrote a memo quoting Rosenstein and said that Trump asked him to refer to the investigation in Russia, a reason to recommend Comey's release.

In any case, the Rosenstein memo only referred to Comey's overall management of the office, including his handling of private email – By Hillary Clinton.

The day after Comey's release According to reports, Trump told Russian diplomats: "I've just fired the FBI boss. He was crazy, a real nut job. I was under a lot of pressure because of Russia." That's gone. "

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Trump and Helper also criticized Comey, saying that the FBI director told the president that he was not the subject of an investigation, but did not say so publicly.

Comey has since said he believes he was fired because he had rejected Trump's call for a central figure in the Russia probe, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

The bombardment of the FBI director is central for an investigation into the judicial disability Robert Mueller, who also deals with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 elections to help Trump.

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