Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

Jerome Frank
May 14, 2017

But the President said it is "very important" to him that the question of Russian meddling in the election is resolved. During an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Trump refused to say yes or no when he was asked point blank whether Spicer will continue in his post.

Mr. Trump, who tweeted Friday morning he is considered canceling the daily press briefing, said he would make a decision over the next few weeks if he would cancel them. Pirro asked Trump that, if he was sure that he and his campaign were clean, why not have an independent commission "get it out of the White House" so the case gets closed.

When Pirro asked whether it was "the wrong time" to fire Comey, Trump defended Tuesday's course of action.

"Yes, that's true", Trump said. "But if I did on January 20, that would've been the big story as opposed to the inauguration".

Trump went on to slam Democrats as "hypocrites" due to their previous condemnations of Comey and his handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. "We have wonderful people representing this country, I can tell you".

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"I don't think you need it", Trump responded. "I was thinking about it then", he said. "They're asked 100 questions, or 50 questions, or 20 questions - if they get one out of 50, just a little bit off, 5 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent, it's - the next day, it's a front page story in every newspaper". At least that's what President Trump seemed to think in regards to White House press briefings, doubling down on his recent Twitter suggestion that he might "cancel all future "press briefings" ... for the sake of accuracy" - adding this time that he could alternatively just do the briefings himself. "They get great ratings from me, and yet they don't treat us fairly". "Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself, we don't have them".

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" he said.

"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", Trump said in the interview that aired Saturday.

At Friday afternoon's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out the possibility of their cancellation. And, since the interview that aired tonight on FNC was taped earlier in the week, NYT has reported Trump is mulling whether to beef up his communications department and bring in Fox News producers.

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