After days of letting flop-sweaty surrogates float various increasingly unlikely alternate justifications, President Trump went ahead and just straight up told Lester Holt he fired James Comey because he didn’t like the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigation.

Here, watch:

“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.”

Mr. Trump also called Rod Rosenstein a “very good man” and a “very smart man,” which will be a grimly amusing thing to remember after Rosenstein meets with Senators to discuss Comey’s firing and Trump calls him a failing, talentless hack.