While speaking on Fox News, former President Donald Trump said he might not have survived his four-year term if he did not fire former FBI Director James Comey. The president had fired Comey during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia.
Trump’s comments came as he was on Fox News’ Life, Liberty & Levin to promote his new book Our Journey Together. “Don’t forget, I fired Comey. Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book of four years at the White House,” Trump said to Mark Levin.
“And we’ll see about the future,” he continued. “The future is going to be very interesting, but I fired Comey, that whole group. And now that group is coming back again. I mean, it’s not believable. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen.”
Trump added later on: “If I didn’t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the President of the United States. Some people said, ‘you made a mistake when you fired Comey’ and now those same people say it was one of the most incredible, instinctual moves that they’ve ever seen. I don’t think I could’ve survived if I didn’t fire him.”
Trump had asked Comey to back away from investigating Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, over his alleged ties to Russia.
The former president took the opportunity in the interview to describe the Mueller investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 election as a “hoax.” He also criticized his presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and late Republican Senator John McCain for pushing the interference allegations.
The Mueller investigation has since ruled that no substantial evidence existed that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it coordinated or conspired with Russia in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
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