Nov
09
President Donald Trump: James Comey Is ‘A Showboat’ (Excerpt) | NBC Nightly News


RUSSIAN INFLUENCE.
BUT THE PRESIDENT STARTED WITH SOME PRETTY SHARP WORDS ABOUT
COMEY HIMSELF. >>LOOK, HE’S A GRANDSTANDER, A
SHOWBOAT. THE FBI HAS BEEN IN TURMOIL.
YOU KNOW THAT. I KNOW THAT.
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FBI A
YEAR AGO. IT WAS IN VIRTUAL TURMOIL.
LESS THAN A YEAR AGO. IT HASN’T RECOVERED FROM THAT.
>>MONDAY YOU MET WITH THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROB
ROSENSTEIN. >>RIGHT.
>>DID YOU ASK FOR A RECOMMENDATION?
>>WHAT I DID IS I WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY.
MY DECISION. IT WAS NOT —
>>YOU HAD MADE THE DECISION BEFORE THEY CAME IN THE ROOM.
>>I WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY. THERE’S NO GOOD TIME TO DO IT,
BY THE WAY. >>IN YOUR LETTER YOU SAID I
ACCEPTED THEIR RECOMMENDATION. >>OH, IFG GOING TO FIRE
REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION. HE MADE A RECOMMENDATION.
HE’S HIGHLY RESPECTED. VERY GOOD GUY.
VERY SMART GUY. THE DEMOCRATS LIKE HIM.
THE REPUBLICANS LIKE HIM. HE MADE A RECOMMENDATION, BUT
REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION I WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY.
>>LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR TERMINATION LETTER TO MR. COMEY.
YOU WRITE, I GREATLY APPRECIATE YOU INFORMING ME ON THREE
SEPARATE OCCASIONS THAT I AM NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION.
WHY DID YOU PUT THAT IN THERE? >>HE TOLD ME THAT.
>>HE TOLD YOU WITH REGARD TO THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION?
>>I HEARD FROM THAT FROM OTHERS.
>>PHONE CALL? DID YOU MEET FACE-TO-FACE?
>>I HAD DINNER WITH HIM. WE HAD DINNER BECAUSE HE WANTED
TO STAY ON. >>HE ASKED FOR THE DINNER?
>>THAT DINNER WAS ARRANGED. I THINK HE ASKED FOR THE DINNER.
HE WANTED TO STAY ON AS THE FBI HEAD AND I SAID I’LL CONSIDER
IT, WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT WE HAD A VERY NICE DINNER AND AT
THAT TIME HE TOLD ME YOU ARE NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, WHICH I
KNEW ANYWAY. >>THAT WAS ONE MEETING.
WHAT WERE THE OTHER TWO? >>FIRST OF ALL, WHEN YOU’RE
UNDER INVESTIGATION YOU’RE GIVING ALL SORTS OF DOCUMENT AND
EVERYTHING. I KNEW I WASN’T UNDER.
AND I HEARD IT WAS STATED AT THE COMMITTEE, SOME COMMITTEE LEVEL
THAT I WASN’T. >>SO THAT DIDN’T COME DIRECTLY
FROM HIM. >>THEN DURING A PHONE CALL HE
SAID ID AND THEN DURING ANOTHER PHONE CALL HE SAID IT.
SO HE SAID IT ONCE AT DINNER AND TWICE DURING PHONE CALL PS.
>>S.
>>DID YOU CALL SNIM. >>IN ONE CASE YES.
>>YOU ASKED HIM IF YOU’RE INVESTIGATION?
>>I SAID IF IT’S POSSIBLE, WILL YOU LET ME KNOW, AM I UNDER
INVESTIGATION? HE SAID YOU ARE NOT UNDER
INVESTIGATION. >>BUT HE’S GIVEN SWORN
TESTIMONY THAT THERE IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE
TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH THE RUSSIAN
GOVERNMENT. YOU WERE THE CENTER PIECE OF THE
TRUMP CAMPAIGN. SO —
>>I KNOW THAT I’M NOT UNDER