Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

The Times cited a document summarizing the meeting which it said was provided by a government official. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the report.

He was also said to have told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak that "I'm not under investigation".

It says one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making.

The New York Times reports that Trump also had a few choice words for the Russians about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, whom he defenestrated last week.

The president's move came days after Comey testified in Capitol Hill about the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling into the U.S. elections and a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

'I can not defend the director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken, ' Rosenstein wrote - in a letter the White House released immediately after Trump fired Comey.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has also landed on investigators' radar for meeting privately with Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of a Russian state-owned bank, during the transition. And while Comey's firing and the week's other bombshell story-that Trump had reportedly spilled classified information to senior Russian officials-seemed like somewhat distinct scandals, it turns out they may well be related.

The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led Mr Comey's firing - and who exactly made the decision.

"I wrote it. I believe it". Laying aside the fact that Spicer is also connecting Comey's firing to the Russian Federation investigation, which only makes the obstruction suspicions stronger, if the White House wanted less "grandstanding" and more investigating why did it oppose the appointment of a special counsel? Are you ready for today's news dump?

"The dominant reaction to Trump right now is mockery", Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the conservative National Interest, told a recent meeting at the German Foreign Office, Politico reported. "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said.

If we're parsing Trump's statements carefully, he still hasn't technically said something akin to 'I fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation.' He's said just about everything but that, mind you, but he hasn't quite said that.

Trump denied that charge at a press conference on Thursday. But he added, "I wrote it".

Trump, who on Friday left for his first foreign trip, has slammed the appointment of a special counsel as a politically motivated "witch hunt".

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

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