Trump Says Firing James Comey ‘Saved His Presidency’
'If I didn’t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the president of the United Stat
Donald Trump said his presidency was saved by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey in 2017.
During an appearance on the Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin," Trump made the assertion while talking about his new photo book “Our Journey Together.”
“Don’t forget, I fired Comey," Trump said.
"Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book about four years in the White House, and we’ll see about the future."
Trump added in the interview:
“If I didn’t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the president of the United States.”
“Some people said, ‘He made a mistake when he fired Comey.’ And now those same people said it was the most incredible, instinctual moves that they’ve ever seen,'” Trump continued.
“I don’t think I could’ve survived if I didn’t fire him because it was like a hornets’ nest. When I fired him, they all went crazy against each other.”
Not long after Trump fired Comey in May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Comey had briefed then-President-elect Trump about the infamous dossier a few months earlier.
The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
At the time, CNN reported the document contained allegations that the Russian government had compromised personal and financial information on the 45th president.
Steele was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid directly by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Special Counsel John Durham has indicted three people in the ongoing investigation.
In 2020, the special counsel charged former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith or falsifying information on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty in August 2020.
Earlier this year, attorney Michael Sussman was indicted for making false statements to the FBI.
Sussman designed not long after the DOJ’s indictment.
Durham layer charged Igor Danchenko with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.
Trump described Steele as a “nut job,” who gave a “totally fabricated” story to the FBI.
Trump also criticized the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona for giving credibility to the dossier by delivering it to Comey.
“He sent a copy to the FBI,” Trump said.
“Great Republican he was, right? ‘Let’s take down the Republican president.'”
“He sent a copy of a fake report. If you did a movie, nobody would believe it,” Trump added.
In 2019, the Arizona Republic reported that court documents offered details into McCain’s role.
“So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election,” Trump wrote at the time, according to the news outlet.
“He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”