Trump: I Thought Firing Comey Would Be A "Bipartisan Firing"


President Trump explains his decision-making process in firing former FBI Director James Comey. Trump told Sean Hannity in an interview he thought the decision would be "popular" and considered a "bipartisan firing."

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST:  Mr. President, in this whole investigative process, you never invoked executive privilege.  You handed over every document.  You told your staff to cooperate, that's fairly unprecedented.  And, yes, everybody knows that you said it was a witch hunt.  Pretty often, you said, you’re innocent, no collusion the whole time.  

And you talked about, oh, why don't we fire, you know, Mueller or Rosenstein, whatever happened to be.  But you had the authority in the Article 2, according to Alan Dershowitz and other lawyers, but that’s a separate issue.  You never did those things.

And I guess my question, when you said this week, you will now fight all subpoenas and enough cooperating.  Can you expand on what you meant there and what that means?  

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP:  Well, very simply, because enough is enough.  I could have fired everybody.  But -- 

HANNITY:  Under Article 2.  

TRUMP:  I wanted to you have transparency.  Article 2.  I could have fired everybody.  I could have fired Mueller.  I could have fired anybody that I wanted to fire, Article 2.  

I fired nobody other than Comey, and very interesting and that was early and people don't talk about that, but the very interesting thing about firing Comey is that everybody wanted him fired, all the Democrats.  I mean, virtually everybody, the Democrats thought he was horrible.  The Republicans thought he was horrible.

And I said, you know, this is going to be wonderful.  I’m going to fire this guy.  When he gets fired, I think it would be popular.  It thought it was go going to be bipartisan firing.  

And he got fired and the Democrats sat back and they though, and the same people that two days earlier saying how horrible he was, were saying, oh, this is a terrible thing.  

It’s -- what's a terrible thing is they are not putting our country first.  I have been the most transparent president in history.  I said let anybody speak.  The White House counsel can speak.  

I heard, I mean this is incredible, but I heard they interviewed 500 people I didn't know we had that many people between the White House and other branches.  I mean, who would think they interviewed 500 people if that is possible to be correct.  

They spent, as I told you, $35 million.  They had unlimited human resources.  They had the FBI working for ‘em.  They had U.S. attorneys.  They had the Justice Department working for them.  And they found no collusion.  

But I was totally transparent.  I didn't tell anybody you can't go.  I could have.  I could have sell you are not going to testify.  Nobody is going to testify.

When I say it, they do what I say.  I could have said that.  But what happened, Sean, is I wanted to be totally transparent.  So, then we get no collusion, no obstruction.  

And then the House starts (ph).  Now, we’re going to go and we’re going to go further.  And I said, we’ve had it.  That's enough.  

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