The President Donald Trump and his administration have been under fire for the way they handled the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the way that Trump has reacted to the fallout from that investigation.
In an interview on MSNBC, Trump said the firing did not amount to a coup, but he did say the investigation was “very, very good.”
Here are five takeaways from the interview.1.
Trump has been underfire for his handling of the Russia investigation for weeks.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Trump had called Comey a “nut job” in a conversation that took place in the Oval Office.
And in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump suggested that Comey’s firing had nothing to do with the Russia probe and that he was merely reacting to news reports about the probe.
“If they want to make this about Russia, they should say that it was Russia,” Trump said.
“It wasn’t Russia.
I think he was fired because he wasn’t giving them everything they wanted to get.
I don’t think he ever gave them anything they wanted.
And they don’t want to give it to them, because they think that they’re going to be getting something from him.”
Trump has since blamed the investigation on Democrats and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation, saying, “They’re a disgrace.
It’s a witch hunt.
They’re going after the president.
They want to get rid of him.
They have no respect for the law.”2.
The White House has maintained that the President fired Comey because he was not giving him all the information he wanted to know about the investigation.
“The President fired James Comey because the Director of the FBI, Mr. Comey, told the President in a meeting that the Director had briefed him that the Russia case was not credible,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement.
“As the Director himself testified in Congress, that meeting took place before Mr. Trump took office.
And as the President has said, he has no recollection of the conversation.”3.
Trump said he would not let the investigation go on any longer than it needs to go.
“You have to keep the investigation going.
You can’t let it go,” Trump told Hannity.
“We’re going in the direction that we’re going.
And if it’s going to go, we’re gonna keep it going.
We’re gonna be strong.
But if it goes on for any longer, it has to be done.”4.
In his interview with Hannity, the President also said that he had told Comey in a private meeting that he would be fired if he didn’t “get along” with him.
Trump also said he believed Comey was not a “tough guy” because he “took a lot of flak.”
“He was not going after me that way, I don to say the least,” Trump continued.
“I think he thought I was going to do the right thing.
I thought he was going.
I said, ‘Jim, I want to do this.
I want you to do it.
I can’t get along with you anymore.
The President has repeatedly suggested that the Russians were behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails, which is a claim that has not been proven.
In the MSNBC interview, Walters told Hannity that the “Russia thing is something that’s going nowhere.
There is absolutely no evidence to support that.”