Trump told Russians firing ‘nut job’ Comey eased pressure
The Times reported on Friday that Trump told the Russians he “faced great pressure” because of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling.
Meanwhile, The New York Times wrote that Trump told Russian officials he fired former FBI Director James Comey because he was a “nut job”, and that doing so eased the pressure of the Russia investigation.
In a move aimed at restoring public faith in the Russian Federation investigation, Rosenstein this week appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head the probe. The Post also reported that while the initial investigation was into coordination between Trump officials and Russian Federation, sources said it has expanded to include potential financial crimes committed by those close to Trump. It also distributed a letter from Sessions that said “Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”.
The billionaire property mogul added: “I’m not under investigation”.
Two members of the Trump campaign and transition team with reported ties to Russian Federation – former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chair Paul Manafort – are not current White House officials, meaning the Post reporting has identified a new connection.
People familiar with the matter tell the Post that it’s a senior adviser who is close to the President, though they declined to identify who it is.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn’t dispute the details in the New York Times article but offered a different interpretation of the president’s intended meaning.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to lead the FBI’s Russian Federation investigation – one day after The Times reported that Trump had pressured James Comey, the FBI director whom Trump fired on May 9, to drop the bureau’s probe into Flynn.
Asian traders headed into the weekend on a nervous note Friday as a pick-up in United States stocks and positive data were offset by worries about a crisis engulfing Donald Trump’s presidency that could throw his economic agenda into doubt.
Mr. Spicer, traveling with the president, didn’t directly address those allegations, saying in his statement: “As the President has stated before-a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity”.
Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election.
First came that infamous NBC News interview on May 11.
President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on May 9.
Trump’s approval rating continues to slip to 41%.
It’s unclear how the White House believes Comey politicized the case, but he testified publicly that the probe was ongoing a week before he was sacked.
Stringing the timeline together, this exchange took place right as his White House staff, with only an hour’s notice, began spinning the firing as the result of a recommendation made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
“The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it”, he said, insisting “the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations”.