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.
"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."
"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.
“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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Speaking outside of a Cheyenne, Wyoming rally that will feature an appearance by former president Donald Trump on Saturday night, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell launched into a frantic conspiracy rant claiming that Georgia's Republican primary was stolen by the candidates who did not receive Trump's endorsement.
Prompted by a RSBN reporter, Lindell blurted that the election results were tampered with via the use of "algorithms."
"It was stolen, there were algorithms used in Georgia but we caught them," he claimed," he claimed before adding, "We were watching, everyone was watching this time."
Unable to recall the name of Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) who lost to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the primary despite the endorsement of Trump, Lindell, soldiered on claiming, "Everything in Georgia was stolen."
He later added, "Brad Raffensperger is the biggest criminal in the country... Brad gets 51 percent? No he didn't , he stole it!"
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According to a report from Reuters, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was informed late Friday night that he must remain in jail pending his trial on criminal charges related to his Jan 6th Capitol riot activities.
Tarrio -- who has also been accused of being an FBI informant -- has been accused by prosecutors of being an active leader on Jan. 6, who encouraged his followers to not leave the Capitol after they forced lawmakers to flee for their lives.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said the evidence against Tarrio is "very strong," reports Reuters, adding the judge also wrote, "Tarrio 'has the skill set, resources, and networks to plan similar challenges to the lawful functioning of the United States government in the future."
Tarrio's latest bid for freedom came after a judge in Florida also ruled against his release.
Reuters adds, "Tarrio is among the most high-profile of more than 775 people criminally charged for their roles in the assault on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump in an effort to keep Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory."
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'Anxious' Trump fears he's losing control of the GOP -- and wants to launch his 2024 campaign this summer
According to a report from the New York Times, former president Donald Trump is growing increasingly anxious that his grip on the Republican Party is starting to slip away and has begun pushing his aides to be ready to launch his third run for the presidency as early as this summer.
As the Times' Maggie Haberman and Shane Goldmacher wrote, every time a high profile GOP candidate that the former president endorsed loses, it is a real-time demonstration of his influence waning with conservative voters -- and his enemies within the Republican Party are taking notice.
As the Times report states, "After the first phase of the primary season concluded on Tuesday, a month in which a quarter of America’s states cast their ballots, the verdict has been clear: Mr. Trump’s aura of untouchability in Republican politics has been punctured.," adding, "The mounting losses have emboldened Mr. Trump’s rivals inside the party to an extent not seen since early 2016 and increased the chances that, should he run again in 2024, he would face serious competition."
What should be concerning to the former president is a former adviser to his first campaign, ex-Rep Jack Kingston (R-GA) admitted to the Times, "I think a non-Trump with an organized campaign would have a chance.”
Additionally, the Times reports, Trump's fundraising has slowed with an analysis showing his average daily online contributions have dropped for seven consecutive months
As he grows weaker, conservatives are looking for the next horse to bet on with Florida Gov Ron DeSantis (R) leading the pack and former vice president Mike Pence becoming more active.
That combination of factors has Trump getting antsy about stealing back the limelight.
According to the Times, "...the difficult primary season has added to Mr. Trump’s personal anxieties about his standing, after he has sought to fashion himself as something of an old-school party boss in his post-presidency. He has told advisers he wants to declare his candidacy or possibly launch an exploratory committee this summer."
"Most of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to announce a candidacy. Yet the sense among Republicans that Mr. Trump has lost political altitude is taking hold, including among some of those close to him," the Times report continued before adding, "Numerous Republican strategists have argued that Mr. Trump’s continued obsession with the 2020 election is an unwanted distraction in 2022, when Democrats hold the levers of power in Washington and polls show most of the country feels like the nation is moving in the wrong direction."
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