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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE on Thursday sought credit for firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIs coronavirus the final Trump crisis? Full appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Tucker Carlson: Biden's 'fading intellect' an 'opportunity' for Democrats to control him 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 ClintonJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world 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 (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SessionsAlabama postpones March 31 GOP Senate runoff Biden has broken all the 'rules' of presidential primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Defiant Sanders vows to stay in race MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFull appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Graham starts closed-door depositions in FISA probe Attorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself 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.