Gi­u­liani of­fers new ex­pla­na­tion of why pres­i­dent fired Comey

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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.

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