Former President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE is drawing attention after giving an interview in which he admitted to firing ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE and suggested that doing so allowed him to remain in office for four years.
"A lot of people say to me, how you survived is one of the most incredible things," Trump told Fox News host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinTucker Carlson extends influence on GOP Glenn Beck says he has COVID-19 for second time Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' MORE in an interview that aired Sunday night.
"Don’t forget, I fired Comey. Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book of four years at the White House, and we’ll see about the future. The future is going to be very interesting," Trump continued.
Trump: If I didn’t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the President of the United States… I don’t think could’ve survived if I didn’t fire him pic.twitter.com/AHxYyPBZA6— Acyn (@Acyn) December 6, 2021
Trump was appearing on Levin's show to promote his new book of photos from his time in the White House. But the interview devolved into a series of grievances and boasts about his four years in office.
The former president's open admission that he fired Comey has garnered particular attention, as critics have argued it would amount to obstruction of justice if Trump removed the FBI director for investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE. He has offered varying explanations for why he removed Comey and has at times acknowledged the Russia investigation played a role.
But Sunday's comments were among his most direct in saying firing the former FBI director may have prevented his removal from office.
Mueller in a 2019 report laid out 10 instances where Trump may have obstructed justice, one of which was Comey's ouster. Mueller declined to charge Trump at the time because a sitting president cannot be indicted.