(NBC News) President Trump defended Wednesday his decision to fire F.B.I. Director James Comey.
When asked why Comey was fired, Mr. Trump said “Because he wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply – he was not doing a good job.”
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the president “had been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected.”
Comey was fired Tuesday. His dismissal came days after Comey requested more resources to pursue an ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are calling for a special prosecutor to take over that investigation.
“It certainly appears that the President is trying to frustrate this investigation. Trying to upend it,” said Senator Chris Murphy.
The decision to appoint a special prosecutor will fall on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who the White House says was behind Comey’s dismissal.
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