Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume pushed back at President Trump’s assertion that he didn’t fire former FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia probe, reminding Trump that he himself cited the probe as the reason for Comey’s firing during a May 2017 interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.
“Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
“Oh for Pete’s sake. POTUS told NBC the firing was about the Russia probe,” Hume replied on Twitter.
Oh for Pete’s sake. POTUS told NBC the firing was about the Russia probe. https://t.co/IsT546FXnL
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 31, 2018
On May 11, 2017, Trump told “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt that he wanted the FBI’s investigation to “be so strong and so good.”
“And I want it [the investigation] to happen,” Trump said. “If Russia did anything, I want to know that.”
“I was going to fire Comey knowing, there was no good time to do it. And in fact when I decided to just do it, 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,” Trump said at the time.
“As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly,” he added. “I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people.”
Trump told Holt he wanted someone “competent” to handle the Russia probe, while adding that there was “no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians.”
“I just want somebody that’s competent,” Trump said. “I am a big fan of the FBI, I love the FBI.”
The Hill added:
The interview with Holt was his last major broadcast interview outside of Fox News, where he most recently appeared on May 24 for an interview with co-host Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends.”