As a former prosecutor, I know that when defendants make incriminating admissions on tape, they often argue the tape was fudged. They invariably lose because people trust their eyes & ears. The Lester Holt interview with @POTUS has been online since May 2017. Watch it. https://t.co/o2zJdXUCBt— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 30, 2018
Others wondered if Trump’s rant could be hinting at a deeper problem within his embattled administration.
More than a year later, Trump is suddenly claiming that NBC “fudged” his interview with Lester Holt, in which Trump admitted he fired Comey over Russia.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 30, 2018
The full interview is available online. What exactly was fudged? https://t.co/YUUtBQThlf
Can't help wonder: Why today? This is the 1st time Trump has (falsely) suggested any impropriety over his Lester Holt interview, which aired 15 months ago—an interview in which he said he thought about "this Russia thing" when he fired Comey. Why make that false claim today?— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 30, 2018
Trump’s outlandish claim was so off-the-wall even Fox News, his favorite network, debunked his assertion.
Another day, another groundbreaking black man to malign. Today it’s Lester Holt’s turn… Trump accuses him of “fudging” the Russia interview… So now, in addition to wiretaps and birth certificates, black men have the power to put words in people’s mouths? 🤭 #ThursdayThoughts— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) August 30, 2018
Holt has yet to respond to Trump’s statement, but he doesn’t have to say much because the tapes don’t lie. And unless your name is Rudy Giuliani, you still believe the truth is the truth.
Fox News debunks Trump claim that NBC 'fudged' his televised confession to Lester Holt pic.twitter.com/uFjB6NcsW0— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) August 30, 2018