Following Donald Trump’s shocking election victory last November, Republicans welcomed with open arms him for putting the levers of American power in their hands. But as the Trump’s White House staggers from bad to worse, they now are aghast at the disarray threatening the president’s and their own agenda.
Since day one, the Trump administration quickly descended into an endless swirl of controversies. But the there’s one controversy that has shed the harshest light yet on the chaos at the heart of the Trump administration: The firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The move was probably the greatest miscalculation Donald Trump has ever made. It was extraordinarily controversial because, at the time of his firing, Comey was investigating the connection between the trump administration/campaign and Russia, and had requested additional resources in an attempt to expand the investigation.
During an interview with NBC Trump claims he’s “fighting for his legitimacy.” But the truth is, this fight only exists because he is a constant liar.
Trump told NBC host Lester Holt that a dinner meeting he had with Comey “had been requested by Comey.” But according to report just published by NBC News, several FBI officials have come forward saying that “Trump lied and that the White House had requested the meeting.”
“The president is not correct,” the former official said. “The White House called him out of the blue. Comey didn’t want to do it. He didn’t even want the rank and file at the FBI to know about it.”
And regarding Trump’s claim that Comey shared with him that he was not directly under FBI investigation, well, they also say that was a big fat lie. NBC says their sources make it clear that “Comey would never have told the president he was not under investigation.”
“He tried to stay away from it [the Russian-ties investigation],” said the former official, who worked closely with Comey and keeps in touch with him. “He would say, ‘look, sir, I really can’t get into it, and you don’t want me to.’”
NBC goes on:
Several sources close to Comey say they heard from him shortly after the dinner that he was asked to come to the White House and did so reluctantly without even telling people at the FBI about it. They confirm a New York Times account, recalling that Comey told them that during the dinner, Trump asked him a couple of times if he would be loyal to the president and that Comey said he couldn’t promise that — but that he could promise that he would always be honest.
A former official said, “That is exactly how I would expect the director to answer.”