President Donald Trump is once again denying that he fired former FBI Director James Comey over the agency's Russia investigation.
Trump said in a tweet Thursday: "Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!"
He said: "In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself ... 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.'"
This is the second time in recent weeks that Trump has said Comey's dismissal had nothing to do with the Russia probe.
Last month, he tweeted that "slippery James Comey" wasn't fired because of the "phony Russia investigation."
Trump's latest comment came not long after a New York Times report said former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gave the special counsel's office a memo he drafted about a meeting that included discussion of Comey's firing.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.