Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 21, 2017

"The father of former FBI Director James Comey termed his son's firing as "a Trump deal" and said that the U.S. President Donald Trump was "scared to death" of him".

Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after he fired Comey.

Hours before the committee announced Comey would testify, a new report said Trump told Russian diplomats that Comey's firing alleviated "great pressure" brought on by the probe.

The key takeaway from these latest blockbuster stories - there have been so many this week it's hard to keep count - is there's now further evidence of Mr Trump's intent to dismiss FBI Director James Comey because of his handling of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The unrelenting hellfire of scandal lapped its flames against the scorched hide of American democracy twice more on Friday afternoon, inflicting fresh wounds on President Donald Trump's White House. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it".

During a press conference on Thursday, Trump denied asking Comey to end the investigation into Flynn.

As for the separate report of a "person of interest" under investigation, the Post said the senior White House adviser "under scrutiny" is someone close to the president but did not name the person.

Trump tells Russians that firing James Comey eased pressure as he was a "real nut job".

The Washington Post story reported that the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had identified a senior White House adviser who is close to the president as a "significant person of interest". It was previously reported that Trump had asked for Comey's "loyalty" and pressed the former FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, whom Trump describes as a "good guy".

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians - zero", Trump told reporters.

Likewise, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSunday shows preview: Trump overseas as Russian Federation probe heats up Lawmakers vow to move ahead with Russian Federation probes House Intel panel requests Comey memos MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, will make an appearance Sunday on "State of Union". But the question remained whether anyone now serving in the White House would be implicated in the investigation. In a reported memo, Comey allegedly says Trump asked him to let the probe into Flynn go. He was insane, a real nut job.

The White House originally pointed to the recommendation of acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the impetus for Comey's firing, but Trump and Rosenstein have both since said that Trump made a decision to fire Comey before receiving Rosenstein's recommendation.

On Capitol Hill, Rosenstein said that he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had "discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI" in one of their first meetings, and that he believed Comey had damaged the credibility of the bureau and the Justice Department through the Clinton case. But he added, "I wrote it". "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said.

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.

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