Trump wrote a 4-page letter on Comey firing which circulated among WH staff the day before he fired FBI Director.
Mr. Trump sought to take action because he saw the lingering investigation as a weight on his presidency, underscored by conversations with some foreign leaders who would bring up the Russia probe, according to the administration official. The president wrote the four-page letter with the help of a senior White House aide, Stephen Miller.
“It was the president’s ideas. Miller was the scrivener,” the administration official said.
the end of the week, Mr. Trump acknowledged in an interview with NBC News that he had intended to fire Mr. Comey, regardless of the memo from the deputy attorney general.
“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘you know, this Russia thing, with Trump and Russia, is a made-up story,’” Mr. Trump said in an interview with NBC News. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
More from the Wall Street Journal here.
Trump lies again about business councils. Corporate America collectively shuts them down Wednesday morning while our lying president Tweets otherwise to save face.
Two of President Donald Trump’s councils of top business leaders are disbanding following Tuesday’s controversial remarks by the president about the weekend’s violence in Virginia.
Mr. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he was ending the White House council on manufacturing and the Strategic and Policy Forum.
One of the councils had planned to…
More on this story from the Wall Street Journal.
Trump lies about Boy Scouts in Wall Street Journal interview.
The Boy Scouts have refuted a statement the President has made in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt of that interview is provided below wherein the president refers to a phone call he received from the head of the Boy Scouts claiming it was the “greatest speech ever made to them.” More from Time here.
WSJ: We were in West Virginia yesterday.
TRUMP: Oh, you did? Was that a scene, though? Huh?
WSJ: That was a scene, yes. (Laughter.)
TRUMP: Biggest crowd they’ve ever had. What did you think?
WSJ: I thought it was an interesting speech in the context of the Boy Scouts.
WSJ: They seemed to get a lot of feedback from former scouts and –
TRUMP: Did they like it?
WSJ: It seemed mixed.
TRUMP: They loved it. [Laughter.] It wasn’t — it was no mix. That was a standing –
WSJ: In the — you got a good — you got a good reaction in –
TRUMP: I mean, you know, he writes mostly negative stuff. But that was a standing ovation –
WSJ: You got a good reaction inside the arena, that’s right.
TRUMP: … from the time I walked out on the stage — because I know. And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.
WSJ: Yeah, there was a lot of supporters in the arena.
TRUMP: And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was — there was no mix.
Read the full transcript of the July 25th Wall Street Journal interview here.
Read the Boy Scouts’ statement on its perspective of the Presidential visit here.
The full text of Trump’s Boy Scouts speech can be found here.