In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Lester Holt Thursday, President Donald Trump discussed at length his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
We fact checked the president's claims.
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First Read: The White House's explanation for firing Comey crumbles
False. Two days before the election, Comey said the new emails had been reviewed and "we have not changed our conclusion." He did not absolve the former secretary of state from blame or fault, then or during his initial announcement of the FBI's findings in July. His conclusion was that there was insufficient evidence that she had broken the actual statutes of law, which prohibit willfully mishandling classified information.
The number of emails discovered on Weiner's laptop is technically true, but not all of those were relevant to the Clinton email investigation. The 650,000 emails on Weiner's laptop were seized by the FBI while investigating the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI used a computer program that targeted the pertinent emails, and as onlookers noted, it would not take long to electronically review a large batch of emails.
During Obama's administration, Flynn lied to the Defense Intelligence Agency about the $34,000 he was paid by RT, a state-funded Russian media network. It's against the Constitution for former generals to receive foreign payments. In March, after Flynn's firing, it was learned that Flynn had received payments from Turkey while advising Trump's campaign. The Trump White House said it did not know that Flynn was acting as a foreign agent when he was appointed national security adviser.
"Everybody" is a major overstatement. Trump and allies have forcefully denied allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as anything improper about contacts between Trump campaign staffers and Russian government officials. But the various ongoing investigations have not come to a conclusion one way or the other on the issue.
Democrats have been some of the loudest voices calling for investigations surrounding Russian meddling in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin. But the Senate and House intelligence committee investigations into the matter are bipartisan. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are also conducting non-partisan investigations.
False. Flynn and Trump met in the summer of 2015, before Flynn took a paid trip to Russia and dined with Russian president Vladimir Putin in December 2015.
True, according to PolitiFact's detailed fact check; Homeland Secretary John Kelly credits Trump's tough rhetoric for adding "enough confusion" to slow crossings.
Seven weeks after Trump repeatedly named Sweden as a place where immigration was threatening Europe, there was a terror attack — and some questioned whether Trump had predicted it. The day after Trump repeatedly named Sweden, Swedes were perplexed. Nothing had happened.
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