Trump vehemently denies CNN report that Roger Stone told him to fire Comey, calling it ‘fake news’

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to deny a CNN
report that his longtime adviser, Roger Stone, told him to fire
FBI Director James Comey.

“The Roger Stone report on @CNN is false – Fake News,” Trump
wrote. “Have not spoken to Roger in a long time – had nothing to
do with my decision.”

CNN reported that
Stone recommended the president oust Comey, according to a source
familiar with the pair’s conversation. Stone is currently under
scrutiny in multiple investigations into potential collusion
between Trump associates and Russian officials during the 2016
presidential election.

CNN reported that Stone spoke to Trump ahead of Comey’s testimony
before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Stone tweeted shortly after Trump that he was not the source.

“Never made such claim,” he added. “I support decision 100%.”

Contacted by Business Insider, Stone pointed to his Wednesday
morning tweet.

Tuesday night, Stone, a former political operative of
ex-President Richard Nixon, tweeted that “somewhere Dick Nixon is
smiling. #comeyfired.” Stone also tweeted both that “what Comey
did to Hillary was disgraceful. I’m glad Trump fired him over
it,” and “essential the next FBI Director work closely with DOJ
to send @HillaryClinton to prison-‘no person is above the law.'”

Trump attributed Comey’s Tuesday ouster to his handling of the
investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as
secretary of state, although Comey was also in the midst of
investigating potential ties between Trump’s campaign and
Russian officials.

In his letter to Comey, Trump claimed that Comey “informed” him
on three separate
” that the president “was not under
investigation,” although that claim was made without any
substantiation, and Comey had said nothing publicly of the like