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

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20 May, 2017

The Times said the document was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office.

The Times does not report what else may have been in the document, which would appear to have been classified.

In a banner week for embarrassing (and potentially incriminating) leaks from the Trump administration, sources within the White House saved the best for last: On Friday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump quite literally told top Russian diplomats that firing FBI Director James Comey had relieved the "great pressure" of the bureau's Russia investigation.

"Chairman Chaffetz should request these White House documents today and have his subpoena pen ready - just as he did earlier this week with the memos written by Director Comey", Cummings said in a statement. He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document read to it by a USA official. And yet, here we're confronted with fresh evidence to the contrary - with Trump admitting to Russian officials that he dismissed Comey because of the "pressure" caused by the Russia scandal.

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".

The FBI's investigation seeks to determine whether and to what extent Trump associates were in contact with Kremlin operatives, what business dealings they might have had in Russian Federation, and whether they in any way facilitated the hacking and publishing of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails during the presidential campaign. After all, he more or less admitted it a few days later.

Chaffetz has scheduled a hearing on Comey's firing next Wednesday, although it's not clear if Comey will testify. Ryan said of the special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

The "nutjob" remarks are not the first things Trump said during his Lavrov meeting that have gained widespread attention. At no point does he say he felt any legal pressure.

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"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", the committee chairman, Republican Richard Burr, said in a statement announcing the appearance.

The White House doubled down on that stance Friday, with Spicer saying Comey's investigation was harming U.S.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., an Iraq war veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee.

Rosenstein said in testimony to the Congress this week that investigators are now looking into the possibility of a coverup by the White House, unidentified lawmakers told McClatchy Friday.

He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey's firing.

She said subjects of the investigation could later argue that its results cannot be trusted, but she believes the argument would not stand up in court. Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories Mr Trump fired Mr Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office. "Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson", the Post writes.


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