Washington( CNN) The White House can’t get onto narrative straight-out to the reasons why President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump told NBC News on Thursday that he was going to fire Comey with or without Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s memo blaming the director.

That statement belies at least 10 times Trump’s top aides and advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, tried to explain the how and the why the President decided to sack Comey. Tuesday’s unceremonious move came amid the FBI’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and any connections the Trump campaign had to the hackers.

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