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Trump lashed out at NBC for airing his full Lester Holt interview that many consider obstruction of justice

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President Donald Trump sat down with his friend, Fox News personality Sean Hannity, on Wednesday.

The president lashed out at the “treasonous acts” and the “illegal takeover” of our government.

Hannity asked Trump about former FBI Director Jim Comey’s interview on NBC News with Lester Holt.

In that interview, Comey said he believed that Trump’s infamous interview with Holt in May of 2017 potentially revealed obstruction of justice.

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“James Comey tonight in an interview suggested maybe he was fired for obstruction. I just played a tape of him saying that he could be fired anytime for any reason or no reason. Your thoughts on James Comey?” Hannity asked.

“Well, he’s right about that, for any reason,” Trump replied.

“Despite that, that was an incorrect statement. When you say what I said, there was nothing said wrong there, but they did not play the whole interview, you see it exactly,” Trump argued. “When they play the whole thing, you see exactly, I mean, the fact is, it would only get worse.”

“I’m not going to fire him and everything goes away,” he said. “It would be a bigger deal if I fired him, and I knew that. So it was a negative, not a positive.”

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“And everybody knew that, but NBC didn’t want to play it that way,” he complained. “They wanted to play it a different way.”

“When you talk about people that are dishonest, when you talk about bad, fake news, NBC — where we had the ‘The Apprentice” for many years as one of their most successful shows, NBC is as bad to CNN, I can tell you that,” Trump argued.

In his 2017 interview with Trump, the president identified the Russia investigation as why he fired the FBI director.

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“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 have won,” Trump told Holt.

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Trump campaign fundraises off Mulvaney’s disastrous tirade by selling ‘Get Over It’ t-shirts

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's disastrous tirade on Thursday, in which he admitted there was a quid-pro-quo for delivering aid to Ukraine and told reporters to "get over it," has now become a fundraising pitch for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.

Per BuzzFeed News' Miriam Elder, the Trump campaign on Friday started selling t-shirts that read "Get Over It" in which the "O" on the shirt is topped by a cartoon of President Donald Trump's hair.

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Trump is flailing as his customary ‘brazen it out’ strategy fails to halt the Ukraine scandal

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It's easy to see why acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney decided it was time to move to the "brazen it out" phase of the administration's attempts to shut down Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal. The nose-thumbing method of PR has been highly effective for Trump since his campaign days, allowing him to steal the nickname "Teflon Don" from its original owner, infamous mafioso John Gotti. (Whose eventual fate — dying in prison — should, one hopes, give the current Teflon Don the night sweats.)

This article was originally published at Salon

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