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

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE on Thursday sought credit for firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump punts on Stone pardon decision after sentencing 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 ClintonBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' 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) Swan 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 SessionsPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinAttorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe 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.