Trump To NBC: Decided To Fire Comey Since Russia Is A โ€˜Made Up Storyโ€™

President Donald Trump told NBC Newsโ€™ Lester Holt in an interview aired Thursday night that he thought the Russia investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian officials was a โ€œmade up story,โ€ prior to firing FBI Director James Comey. โ€œI was going to fire regardless of recommendation,โ€ Trump said referring to letters he received from his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. โ€œAnd in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, itโ€™s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,โ€ he continued. โ€œAnd the reason they should have won it is the Electoral College is almost impossible for a Republican to win. Very hard. Because you start off at such a disadvantage. So everybody was thinking, they should have won the election. This was an excuse for having lost an election.โ€