The president won’t stop lying and Twitter won’t stop correcting the record.
President Trump told (another) astonishingly transparent lie today on Twitter, claiming he didn’t fire former FBI director James Comey over the Russia investigation:
Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
Unfortunately this particular narrative only started with the mainstream media in the sense that Trump copped to firing Comey over the Russia investigation immediately afterward in a nationally televised interview with Lester Holt:
In the now-infamous interview Trump also says that he wasn’t acting on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo advocating for the firing based on Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation. In fact, Trump says he was going to fire him regardless.
He [Rosenstein] made a recommendation, he’s highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy. The Democrats like him, the Republicans like him. He made a recommendation. But regardless of [the] recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Knowing there was no good time to do it!
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’ve won.”
Trump also told Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he fired Comey over the Russia investigation. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job… I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off. … I’m not under investigation,” President Trump told the two men in a meeting where he also disclosed classified intelligence that put an Israeli source at risk.
If that’s not enough, news broke this week that Trump urged Rosenstein to mention Russia in his memo recommending the firing of Comey. Sure seems like he had it on his mind!
Everyone on Twitter was happy to offer President Trump a history lesson on the past year:
Even Trump defender Brit Hume called out the president for lying:
This matters because the rationale for firing Comey will be at the heart of any possible charges of obstruction of justice resulting from the Mueller investigation. If Trump had a “corrupt intent” in dismissing Comey, then it’s obstruction and it sure seems like he had a corrupt intent.