Trump calls Comey a ‘showboat’ and a ‘grandstander’

Trump; “He’s a showboat. He’s a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil,” Trump told NBC in his first interview since firing FBI Director Comey on Tuesday.

“He made a recommendation,” Trump continued, referring to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote a memo criticizing the FBI director’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. “He’s highly respected. Very good guy. Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. The Republicans like him. He made a recommendation. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

The interview is scheduled to air later on Thursday.