| The White House is still struggling to get its story straight on why President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump’s crew settled (kind of) on an explanation, then the President blew it all up in an interview with NBC. Team Trump — including Vice President Mike Pence, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and others — said Trump made the decision based on the deputy attorney general’s recommendation and NOT the Russia investigation. But then Trump undercut them all and said he’d been thinking about dumping Comey for a while now and “this Russia thing” was part of his thought process. Gee, thanks boss.
But that wasn’t the only story to unravel. Team Trump had also said Comey had to go because morale was in the trash over at the FBI. But Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe shot that down, too. He told the Senate intelligence committee that Comey enjoyed “broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.” And that’s probably one of the reasons why Trump’s planned visit today to FBI headquarters got scratched, sources tell CNN.
In the interview, Trump also said he directly asked Comey during a dinner this year if he was under investigation. Trump said Comey said no. Did that really happen? Only Comey can answer that question, and so far he’s not talking.
CNN’s Stephen Collinson writes that Trump’s long-simmering animosity toward Comey is just the latest example of how the President’s anger could be dangerous for the nation.