But over the next few days, Trump and the White House would repeatedly change their tune.
But Trump threw his own communications team under the bus days later, telling NBC News that he fired the top G-man because he wouldn't call off the Russian Federation investigation. As those on the right, including the President himself, make a big deal out of an early draft that James Comey had written exonerating Hillary Clinton past year, prior to his investigation being 100% complete, another "early draft" of a letter has popped up as well.
Trump shared the draft with various White House aides and gave it to top Justice Department officials in a meeting at the White House on May 8, the day before Comey was axed.
Jason Chaffetz, Former Chairman of Committee on Oversights, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss Hurricane Harvey, DACA, and new revelations regarding former FBI Director Jim Comey.
In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt two days later, however, Trump acknowledged that he was going to fire Comey "regardless" of the recommendations from Rosenstein and Sessions.
The Times story does not indicate how Mueller obtained the letter, but given the sensitivity of the fire Comey effort, someone from inside the White House had to have given the draft to the Special Counsel.
Trump's letter was emotional and critical of Comey and was at least four pages long, single-spaced, one of the people said. Lindsey Graham released a statement Wednesday saying Comey had "already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton" before the Federal Bureau of Investigation had interviewed her. He also told a group of Russians that Comey was a "nut job" whose absence would mean that the president wouldn't face any more pressure over the Russia investigation. The lengthy diatribe Mr. Miller had written had been replaced by a simpler rationale - that Mr. Comey should be dismissed because of his handling of the Clinton email investigation. "But I'll tell you what he did, he brought back his reputation", Republican nominee Donald Trump says.
Trump's baseless accusation about Comey prematurely exonerating Clinton comes less than two months after he accused him of illegally leaking classified information-again, without evidence. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says reports of Schiller leaving are "not true".