Now Because of the Russia investigation.
Days later, Trump contradicted the official story. In a now-infamous interview, he told NBC News: “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
About a year later, Giuliani similarly linked Comey’s firing to Russia. He said Comey was dismissed after refusing to assure Trump that he wasn’t a target of the Russia investigation.