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In interview, Trump admits wanting to fire Comey before recommendations; in Tweets, threatens to cancel White House press briefings




President Donald Trump meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office at the White House on May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office at the White House on May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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The White House narrative behind Comey’s dismissal became even more convoluted last night during an interview with President Trump and NBC’s Lester Holt.

In the interview, the president admitted to seeking recommendations in order to fire Comey, instead of the other way around as implied in his own letter dismissing Comey. He later stated that he had long planned to fire the director, and accused Comey of being a “showboat.” When questioned about the statement that the director informed the president he wasn’t the subject of an FBI investigation, Trump told Holt that Comey informed him over dinner.

Tweeting this morning, Trump defended his press staff, stating he’s so “active,” “it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!....,” with the implication that he may cancel White House press briefings. He also made headlines with a tweet implying that he had recordings of Director Comey informing him he wasn’t under investigation, which he would unveil if Comey ‘leaked.’  Questions abound about the exact nature of Comey’s dismissal and the future of the Russia probe, as the President has come down both for and against the investigation within the last 24 hours.

Host Larry Mantle sat down with Politico’s Elana Schor and John Wagner, Washington Post White House Correspondent, to help unpack the latest development in Comey’s dismissal.

Guests: 

John Wagner, Washington Post White House reporter who has been following the story; he tweets @WPJohnWagner

Elana Schor, congressional reporter for POLITICO who has been following the story; she tweets @eschor