President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE on Thursday sought credit for firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April 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.
When will people start saying, “thank you, Mr. President, for firing James Comey?”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
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 ClintonMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Bill Clinton hospitalized with sepsis We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 SessionsMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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.