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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE on Thursday sought credit for firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment New grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse Sessions gets unexpected support - from a Democrat who wants to impeach Trump 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 ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinVote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Trump lawyer: NBC interview with Comey firing comments was edited Trump attack on Sessions may point to his departure 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.