Rep. Pete King: Trump Had the Right to Fire Comey

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 08:02:23 AM. President Donald Trump had the right to fire former FBI Director James Comey, as he'd midlead the nation and world about an investigation of the president, Rep. Pete King said Monday.

President Donald Trump had the right to fire former FBI Director James Comey, as he'd mislead the nation and world about an investigation of the president, Rep. Pete King said Monday.

"He was leading the nation and the world to believe that President Trump himself was under investigation and yet he had told us privately for months that the president at no time was the subject of the investigation," the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

"You have a president going around the world negotiating with foreign leaders, trying to build support in this country and 99 percent of the country thought that President Trump was under investigation," King added. "When the president asked him to say publicly he is not, he wouldn't do it. That was the main reason why he should have been fired. He was putting a cloud over the presidency."

King said he liked Comey, but when it comes to misleading the nation, he can't defend him.

"To let the world think the president of the United States is being investigated when he is not and you have the power to say that, I understand why the president fired him," the lawmaker said.

King also commented about the news that former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was reassigned away from the Trump-Russia investigation after it was discovered that he'd exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague.

Strzok had been a lead investigator into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email service, and King said the news raises "very real questions" about that probe.

"Somebody who is so high up on it. In that investigation, so much involved in the final statement in making decisions, the fact that he was so anti-Trump and that this is right in the middle of a presidential campaign puts a whole shadow over the findings of that investigation," King said. "I have great respect for the FBI but as far as that particular agent and his role in it, that does mark the investigation. It goes really to the heart of the whole Hillary Clinton matter."

King said he doesn't believe reopening the investigation is the answer, but still, there should be another look taken to see how it was done.

Also on Monday, King said he remains opposed to his fellow Republicans' tax bill, and does not even want it to go to conference on Tuesday.

"I want to stop the bill now," said King, who opposes the legislation because it removes deductions for state and local taxes. "I think it will pass. You'll see it pass in the next two weeks. I hope there are changes made in conference committee to make it more satisfactory to people in states like New York and New Jersey. It will be a tough fight and we'll fight for the end."

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