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Trump calls FBI probe ‘witch hunt,’ contradicts why he fired Comey

After calling the FBI investigation into the possibility his campaign colluded with Russians meddling into the 2016 election a “witch hunt,” President Trump contradicted his own Justice Department Thursday in explaining why he fired FBI Director James Comey last week. Hours after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told senators Thursday that Trump had made up his mind to dismiss Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo suggesting so, Trump told reporters that he relied on the memo to make his decision. “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people,” Trump said during a 30-minute joint news conference at the White House with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the first time he had held a news conference since he fired Comey on May 9. Trump also cited Comey’s “poor, poor performance” during the former FBI director’s May 3 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he erroneously said Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin “forwarded hundreds and thousands” of emails to the laptop of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Days later, the FBI sent a letter to the committee clarifying that the number of forwarded emails was far fewer and “included emails transferred via backups as well as manual forwarding.” Trump’s contradictory remarks added another layer of confusion to the spiraling investigation into his campaign’s activities and connections to any Russians. The news conference occurred hours after Trump tweeted that the Justice Department investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia was “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” While the White House said that no sensitive material was released, Trump contradicted his staff by tweeting: “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” When asked about Rosenstein’s appointment Wednesday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate the Russia matter, Trump said, I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt.

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