The rest of his statement:
“It has been my policy not to discuss the scope, subject or frequency of my occasional contacts with the President and I am not going to do so today. I remain a steadfast and loyal supporter of President Trump who I believe will be a great transformational President. I am certainly not going to contradict the President.
“I believe the source of this story is someone in the President’s circle who thought that my longtime association with President Nixon would bring inevitable comparisons with the so-called Saturday Night Massacre and thus discredit the option of firing Mr. Comey.
“I have written posted and spoken in favor of the firing of Mr. Comey. It would be impossible for the White House not to know my views.
“No one who knows the President believes he is anything but his own man and is solely responsible for the decisions of his Administration.
“Now, let’s make America Great Again.”