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

Separately the New York Times reported that Trump boasted to Russian officials at a White House meeting last week that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" the president faced from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

As director of the FBI, Comey oversaw the investigation of potential links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.

Earlier Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump told visiting Russian officials in a May 10 White House meeting that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job".

The president also reportedly told the Russians, "I'm not under investigation". "That's taken off", Trump allegedly said. "I'm not under investigation". "I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president", the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said in a statement. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document summarizing the meeting and read to it by an unnamed us official.

The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

"Once again" is seemingly a reference to an allegation made by the Washington Post that Trump also shared classified information with Lavrov at the same meeting. I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation.

President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner (R), as his daughter Ivanka Trump, (L), stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment about Comey "astonishing and extremely troubling".

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, the Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"What we're witnessing is a very undemocratic atmosphere, where anonymous officials from within the intelligence agencies within the deep state are driving media coverage, driving the public into hysteria, aiming at impeachment", Blumenthal said.

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.

The addition of the cover-up angle gives the federal investigation into Russia three distinct focuses: The Russian government's attempts to meddle in the American election, the Trump team's possible ties to Moscow, and the potential attempt to cover-up wrongdoing, which could potentially include obstruction of justice.

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