Trump lashes out:
Donald Trump has said that he "was going to fire" former FBI Director James Comey regardless of input from the Department of Justice – contradicting claims from his own White House staff.
"Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey," Mr Trump, said in an interview that marked the president's most extensive comments since the firing of the former FBI Director, whom he referred to as a "showboat" and a "grandstander".
"The FBI has been in turmoil,” Mr Trump claimed. “You know that, I know that, everyone knows that.”
The comments, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, departed from the White House line: that a meeting with the Justice Department convinced Mr Trump to dismiss Mr Comey. Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had claimed that advice and letters from two Justice Department officials swayed Mr Trump's hand.The FBI may or may not be "in turmoil" but the White House certainly is. And it is less than dignified for the President to be abusing a former employee.
This would never have happened under President Bartlet - where is CJ Cregg when you need her?