Trump: Firing Comey Will Go Down As a Very Good Thing

President Donald Trump on Thursday stated that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey will go down as a “very good thing” for the country after the former FBI director attacked Trump over his treatment of FBI agents.

During his interview with “Fox and Friends,” Trump was asked by Fox’s Brian Kilmeade how Republicans will “explain” their attacks on law enforcement and the Justice Department to their grandchildren.

“Well, I’d actually say – how is [Comey] going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country?” Trump asked.

“I think of the things that I’ve done for the country, the firing of James Comey is going to go down as a very good thing,” he added.

The Hill reported that the President later praised the individual agents at the FBI, which Trump has attacked as being part of a conspiracy to undermine his presidency, before saying that “rotten apples” in senior leadership positions needed to be removed.

“The FBI is great. I know so many people in the FBI. The FBI is a fantastic institution, but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” Trump said. “James Comey was one of them. I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of him, by firing him.”

Comey has infuriated Trump after a series of media appearances to promote his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” earlier this year. In his appearances, Comey has characterized Trump as dishonest and a threat to American values.

“Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country,” Comey tweeted Wednesday. “Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country.”

When Trump fired Comey last year he told NBC’s Lester Holt that the investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, which Comey oversaw, was on his mind while making the decision.

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