Maybe Donald Trump is unhinged, mentally deranged. Remarks he made during an interview with NBC Nightly News today must raise doubts about the screwball in the Oval Office.
The White House nonsense that Comey's firing had nothing to do with the FBI investigation into dealings between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
The Trump White House has gone out of their way to assure Americans that Trump did not fire Comey because of the Russia investigation, but instead because of Comey's behavior.
Yet Trump himself admitted he had the Russia probe on his mind when he decided to can Comey — a direct contradiction that raises questions about the appropriateness of Comey's dismissal.
"When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story," Trump told [Lester] Holt.
Re: Mike Flynn
Trump didn't elaborate about why he didn't just assume that Flynn being compromised by a foreign adversary might be a problem. Yet that's the story he gave for why Flynn remained in his role, with access to confidential information, 18 days after the White House learned about Flynn's contacts with the Russians and the possible consequences that entailed.
Bear in mind here that Trump only fired Flynn after the Washington Post broke the story. When Trump discussed the firing he blamed it on the newspaper, not Flynn, not Flynn's lying, not the fact that Flynn was compromised. There's no indication of any sort that Mike Flynn would not still be Trump's National Security Adviser had the story not leaked to the media.
Trump is obviously mentally tired, perhaps exhausted. He can't even keep his lies straight any longer. It's time to get out the leghold trap, the bear trap.