Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Eased 'Great Pressure'

Since Comey was abruptly fired by Donald Trump, reports have surfaced suggesting a tense relationship between the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president. Trump also called Comey a "nut job".

If the White House couldn't get Mueller removed, they'd use the rule to cast doubt on his impartiality, according to Reuters:"Under this strategy, the sources said the administration would raise the issue in press conferences and public statements", Julia Edwards Ainsley reported.

The document was read to the New York Times by USA officials.

The Times includes a comment from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who does not dispute that Trump made the comment, but attempts to explain the context: "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 White House says the notion that Trump fired Comey for investigating his and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation is absurd.

The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

While White House staffers solidified the details of Trump's first foreign trip, sensitive information apparently poured out of the administration like a sieve to major U.S. news outlets regarding the president's handling of the former FBI director and the ongoing law enforcement investigation into his campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The last two weeks have seen a torrent of news that reflects negatively on the White House, including reports that Trump divulged highly classified information to two top Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office. Trump has denied that ever happened.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in response to the reports "every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds". The Washington Post reported that a senior Trump administration official is now a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation probe.

Across town, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. In his briefings with lawmakers, Rosenstein said that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey prior to writing the memo in question, according to McClatchy.

The "nutjob" remarks are not the first things Trump said during his Lavrov meeting that have gained widespread attention.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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