He still wants to lock her up.
President Trump admitted in an interview aired Friday that he believes former FBI Director James Comey “should have never exonerated” Hillary Clinton.
Trump, who fired Comey on Tuesday, told NBC News he was upset that Clinton never faced charges for using a private email server while she was secretary of state.
The White House initially said that the President fired Comey after reviewing a Justice Department assessment that his public statements about the Clinton email investigation violated Justice Department principals.
But Trump admitted he had already made up his mind about the FBI director’s fate.
During a sitdown with NBC News’ Lester Holt, Trump appeared more upset that Comey didn’t charge Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential race, than with the fact that he strayed from protocol.
“I happen to have some lawyers that were unrelated lawyers and they were saying ‘wow she’s guilty here, guilty, guilty, guilty.’ Then he gets to the end and he said she’s free as a bird,” Trump told Holt.
Trump called Comey’s actions “disgraceful,” but admitted they aided him in his pursuit of the Oval Office.
“When I was a candidate, it’s a lot different than being President, but when I was a candidate, I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate,” he said.