Giuliani offers new explanation of why president fired Comey
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s explanation for why he fired former FBI Director James Comey shifted again.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s new attorney, said during an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey last year because Comey would not state “that he wasn’t a target” of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. He said Trump felt that he was treated worse than Hillary Clinton, who was publicly cleared of criminal wrongdoing at an unusual FBI headquarters news conference in July 2016.
“He fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn’t a target of the investigation,” Giuliani said. “He’s entitled to that. Hillary Clinton got that. Actually, he couldn’t get that.”
Comey told the Associated Press during an interview this week that he saw telling Trump privately — at a January 2017 Trump Tower meeting — that he wasn’t under investigation as a way to lower the “temperature” of an otherwise tense encounter before the president took office.
Giuliani’s explanation foreshadows a likely defense to the May 2017 dismissal, but it was just the latest in a series of rationales offered by Trump and his advisers.
It also comes as the president’s legal team is debating whether to allow Trump to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.