"If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, which you would have done during the transition is you would have spoken to Comey and said, 'We're going to let you go.' That is when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change that's not unprecedented".
And on Wednesday of last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump "has confidence in the director". He posited that Trump may have fired him "perhaps out of fear that Comey could reprise his independent, attorney general-free performance this year as the Russian Federation investigation advances".
"If the administration truly had objections to the way director Comey handled the Clinton investigation, they would have had them the minute the president got into office".
In a letter to Mr Comey, the President said he was "not able to effectively" lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump then said Comey will be replaced by "someone who will do a far better job".
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The President also tweeted out a link shared by Drudge Report on "10 scandals" under Comey's watch.
Jeff Sessions was caught misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee, about his ties with Russian Federation, he had to recuse himself, and now the FBI director, in the middle of an investigation into the Trump ties with Russian Federation, gets fired in a most unusual manner, there's a pattern here, there's more to come, and we need a special prosecutor.
"The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished an respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement", Trump said. They wanted Comey to focus on that over a Russian Federation investigation, which there's tremendous amounts of evidence for. Then-president Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993. Whenever we bring in the new director, essentially, we don't even need to waste time on this investigation.
But his prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign raised questions about his judgment and impartiality.
Comey had sought to defend his conduct in Senate testimony last week.
Clinton herself blamed Comey in part for her loss, saying earlier this month that she would have won if not for his initial letter and Russia's meddling in the election. He further said, "I found the inclusion of that language very, very odd, and again, raising even more questions about the motivation - about what happened here".