President Trump was going to fire FBI Director James Comey "regardless" of the recommendations made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he said in an interview Thursday with NBC's Lester Holt. Trump indicated that he'd made his decision before he met with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday at the White House, contradicting the White House's previous statement that Trump made the decision Tuesday after reading memos the men submitted outlining their concerns about Comey. Trump also called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander" and told Holt he had directly asked the former FBI director if he was under investigation, claiming Comey informed him he personally was not.

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