Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

Of course investigators are going to interview White House staff as part of their probe. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Comey was sacked the day before President Trump met with Russian officials, where it was reported that he leaked classified information to those officials during the meeting. For now, it looks like Comey could severely incriminate Trump because he has come to believe that the commander in chief was trying to influence his judgment on the Russian Federation investigation, "a person familiar with his thinking" told CNN.

The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

President Donald Trump waits to speak during the 2017 National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing the "nut job" Federal Bureau of Investigation director had relieved "great pressure" on him.

"I just fired the head of the FBI", Trump said, according to the Times account.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that the Russian officials bragged that they could use former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to influence Trump. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Investigators into Russian meddling in the USA presidential elections are authorized to probe whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Asked about the Times report, Spicer said of the former FBI chief, "by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

The reports emerged as Mr Trump departed for his first overseas trip as U.S. president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".

The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, did not identify the senior Trump adviser except to say that the person of interest was close to Trump, a Republican who entered the White House four months ago.

This is not the first time Trump's White House has offered an explanation for an event that was later directly contradicted.

In a statement issued on Friday evening, the committee said that it would schedule the hearing for after Memorial Day. "It makes it very clear that what Donald Trump was trying to do was to end the Russian investigation". Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".

As special counsel, Mueller is "authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters", according to the Justice Department order Rosenstein signed.

"What's significant is that he's saying that there was pressure, and he got rid of it", Toobin said.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration". Rosenstein said he had "discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI" with then-senator Sessions last winter.

"My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said. I believe it. I stand by it.”.

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