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(Studio: Lester Holt) The NBC exclusive interview at the White House with President Trump after his firing of FBI director James Comey introduced. [TRUMP - calls Comey a showboat & grandstander with the FBI in turmoil; states it was his decision to fire Comey before the recommendation from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein; says the Russia story is made up: an excuse for the Democrats losing the election; comments on Comey telling him three times he was not under investigation: a dinner & two phone calls: he is not under investigation even if the campaign is; asserts he wants a "spectacular" FBI candidate; denies any collusion with the Russians & there are so many investigations going on; adds if Russia hacked he wants to know about it; states he was not angry with Comey, but the spying is the big story; points out media false sources; comments on national security director Michael Flynn: a very good person, fired for a different reason & had had clearance from the Obama administration; denies any financial connection to Russia: no investments, no property & Senator Lindsey Graham has the letter; wants to create jobs & strong borders.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Interview ends at 5:45:00. Report introduced.
(White House: Hallie Jackson) The changing story from the administration on the Comey firing examined. [Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean SPICER - says it was a DOJ decision.] [On Wednesday, Vice President Mike PENCE - says the recommendation of the deputy attorney general was taken.] [On Wednesday, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - offer views on the decision.] [GRAHAM, Senator Mark WARNER, acting FBI dir. Andy McCABE - respond.] [Today, SANDERS - comments.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Further coverage of the interview on "Today" noted.
- Holt, Lester;
- Jackson, Hallie
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