Former FBI Director James Comey walks at his home in McLean, Va., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. President Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Trump asserts Comey told him he's not under investigation

May 10, 2017 - 3:13 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asserted in his extraordinary letter firing James Comey that the ousted FBI director told him three times he was not under investigation.

If true, that claim would be a startling breach of protocol.

Former Justice Department officials and federal prosecutors said they doubted Comey would have spoken to Trump in those terms — or even offered any assurances at all.

Comey has publicly confirmed the FBI is investigating possible contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Trump offered no details about exactly what he was told or when.

The White House declined to provide backup or explanation for Trump's assertion in the letter.

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