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Trump tells Lester Holt he would have fired ‘showboat’ Comey regardless of DOJ’s recommendation

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In his first extensive TV interview since his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump slammed the former FBI chief for being a “showboat” and a “grandstander.”

“Look, he’s a grandstander, a showboat,” Trump said of Comey. “The FBI has been in turmoil. You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that.”

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Additionally, Trump said that he would have fired Comey from his post regardless of what the U.S. Department of Justice recommended — a total contradiction from what the White House has said ever since Comey’s dismissal on Tuesday.

On May 9, the White House said that Trump had “acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” What’s more Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Trump “accepted… the recommendation to remove Director Comey.”

Additionally, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday that Trump took the DOJ’s recommendation to fire Comey “seriously” and “he made a decision based on that.”

During the interview, Trump also revealed that he had directly asked Comey if he were under investigation by the FBI.

“I said, if it’s possible would you let me know, ‘Am I under investigation?'” Trump said. “He said, ‘You are not under investigation.'”

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Watch a clip of the interview below.

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Trump hammered by ex-intel officials for sucking up to the Saudis after Florida naval base shooting

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President Donald Trump is taking heat from former U.S. intelligence officials for taking a very soft tone with the Saudi government after Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

Not long after the shooter was identified as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military, the president tweeted out words of sympathy from the Saudi king after a phonecall, writing, "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."

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Former right-wing presidential candidate scamming Americans with toxic bleach cure

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Former diplomat and Reagan adviser Alan Keyes is a well-known gadfly who has run multiple times for president and for Senate, most famously against future President Barack Obama in 2004.

But lately, according to The Daily Beast, he has been involved in a different pursuit: the promotion of a dangerous pseudoscience scam known as the "Miracle Mineral Solution," or MMS.

The substance, which is actually just the powerful bleach chlorine dioxide, is supposedly a cure for everything from viral infections to infertility, and there was even a cultlike church known as the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, that promoted it as a gift from God. MMS has particularly taken root in developing countries like Uganda, but it also has a following in the United States, and many autistic children have been forced to drink it. Versions of this scam have even been promoted on Amazon.

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American exceptionalism is killing the planet

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Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost and cities ruined. And I keep asking myself: Why, in this century, is the distinctive feature of America's wars that they never end? Why do our leaders persist in such repetitive folly and the seemingly eternal disasters that go with it?

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