Trump Slammed for Saying Lester Holt ‘Caught Fudging’ Comey Interview: ‘Out of His F—ing Mind’

President admitted he fired former FBI Director James Comey because of his frustration with Russia investigation in May 2017 interview

Last Updated: August 30, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

President Donald Trump was widely criticized on Thursday for saying that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt “was caught fudging” his May 2017 interview with him, during which Trump admitted that he fired former FBI director James Comey because of his frustration with the Russia investigation.

“If anyone in the GOP had a scintilla of integrity, the 25th Amendment would have been invoked a long time ago. Overtly lying to US that he didn’t tell Lester Holt he fired Comey over Russia quite simply proves he’s out of his f—ing mind,” wrote director Rob Reiner on his Twitter account.

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The president, in yet another lengthy tweet storm, ripped NBC News chairman Andy Lack and CNN boss Jeff Zucker. Trump strongly suggested that both men be fired and repeated his assertion that the media is the “enemy of the people.”

Trump tweeted: “What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with @NBCNews being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!”

The revelation from that May 2017 interview was damaging for Trump, but many critics said the “fudging” attack is less than truthful. Most pointed to the entire interview, which is readily available on NBC’s website.

“FWIW, the entire Lester Holt interview has been posted to NBC’s website ever since May 2017. If there’s something exculpatory in it, Trump might want to point it out,” wrote Washington Post senior political reporter Aaron Blake.

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