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        White House Wavers on Reasons Behind Comey Firing | PBS NewsHour

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        Since the firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017, the White House has contradicted itself several times on the reasoning behind President Donald Trump’s decision. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump said Comey told him on three separate occasions that he was not being investigated, and maintained that he would have fired Comey with or without the recommendation of Justice Department officials. This response from Trump contradicts statements made by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Pence, Spicer, and Sanders all maintained that the decision to fire Comey stemmed from the Justice Department’s concerns.

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