yadda yadda, on 11 May 2017 - 10:21 PM, said:
45 ~ "I was going to fire Comey, uh, there's no good time to do it by the way...oh I was going to fire him regardless of recommendation. 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 recommendation I was going to fire Comey...knowing there's no good time to do it. AND IN FACT WHEN I DECIDED TO JUST DO IT, I DECIDED TO MYSELF...I SAID YOU KNOW, THIS RUSSIA THING WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA, IS A MADE UP STORY."
Nothing this man says surprised me, but I wanted to verify that quote before responding to it as if it is fact. So, here is the partial transcript of the interview on CNN. It is not searchable for key words, but the above quote is on the first page.
Now, if he was smart, and could admit he is not the best at everything, he'd say he communicated badly here…. And some people will believe that regardless of whether he says that or not, because communicator-in-chief he is definitely not. Back to this bit:
AND IN FACT WHEN I DECIDED TO JUST DO IT, I DECIDED TO MYSELF...I SAID YOU KNOW, THIS RUSSIA THING WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA, IS A MADE UP STORY.
- THAT is when you decided Trump and Russia is a made-up story? That makes no sense.
(Though it would make total sense if some regular Americans were changing their beliefs this week….)
- Why would you "decide" that? Best
interpretation, you mean that you decided/made up your mind that your belief is that the Trump campaign
-Russia is a made-up story. Based on what information, if any, who knows….
(Campaign only, because unless you were working with the Russians and forgot, there isn't a damn way this makes plausible sense that you just made-up your mind on whether you were working with the Russians….)
- So, continuing on the last point… What relevance does your knowing, or deciding/making up your mind, on your beliefs on whether your campaign worked with/colluded with the Russians, have to do with this decision at all? If your belief is firm then why fire someone in the middle of that investigation? And no, Lester Holt had not asked about Russia before this quote (though it is a partial transcript, I'll concede perhaps it happened before the first page). So Trump brought this up this otherwise seemingly non-relevant point himself.
Either Tump is worried that his Presidency is threatened by this investigation (which, it could, even without implicating him), and/or what? He is obsessed with this investigation for other reasons? He later on says he supports the investigation, but really, what else could he say without looking like he was interfering?