Trump: When will people start thanking me for firing Comey?

Trump: When will people start thanking me for firing Comey?
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE on Thursday sought credit for firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: 'Patriots need to stand up and reject' Trump's behavior Swalwell: Trump delaying end of Russia probe with refusal to testify Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? MORE, even as the decision has attracted scrutiny from federal investigators.

"When will people start saying, 'thank you, Mr. President, for firing James Comey?'" Trump tweeted.

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Trump delivered his latest criticism of his former FBI director as an upcoming inspector general report is expected to be critical of Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, prompting the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to lead the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

The president's reasoning for cutting Comey loose has changed at times over the past year and has reportedly been a focal point of Mueller's investigation.

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Press: Whose side is Trump on? Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue MORE.

However, Trump undercut that argument by telling NBC News in an interview last May that he was going to ax the FBI director “regardless of recommendation.”

“And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’” the president said.

Despite those comments, Trump claimed last week that he did not fire Comey over the Russia investigation.

Trump has frequently attacked the ex-FBI director, calling him a "slimeball" and a "leaker" and ripping him for leaving the bureau's reputation in "tatters."

Comey recently released a book. On the subsequent press tour, he defended his time as FBI director and criticized Trump as "morally unfit" for the presidency.