Trump Told Russians He Fired ‘Nut Job’ Comey Because Of Investigation
Though James Comey, the FBI director that Trump fired last week, confirmed the existence of an investigation into Trump’s campaign in March, the Justice Department declined to comment.
Minutes after Donald Trump took off for his first foreign trip as president, reports surfaced that one of his senior advisers is under scrutiny in the Russian collusion investigation and further details were revealed indicating his firing of the FBI director was an attempt to curb the probe into the matter.
A current White House official is “under scrutiny” in the federal investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA election, the Washington Post reported Friday.
The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.
Across town, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. “He was insane, a real nut job”.
Mr Rosenstein during his briefing failed to clarify whether his memo dated May 9th was informed by his knowledge that Mr Trump was preparing to dismiss Mr Comey, members of Congress who were at the briefing said.
In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey’s firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.
Donald Trump on Friday will start his first overseas trip as U.S. president, hoping to put behind, for a while at least, an escalating controversy about his campaign aides’ alleged contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and his own role in and his attempts to trying to quash an FBI investigation into it.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.
The latest report was published just as Mr Trump took off on a flight to the Middle East for the first leg of his first foreign tour as president. But the decision surprised many since it was Comey himself leading the investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russian Federation.
Rosenstein briefed senators Thursday, just a week after Trump’s stunning decision to fire Comey.
Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton says Rosenstein didn’t “do a lot to bolster our confidence in him“.
He then added: “I’m not under investigation”.
According to McClatchy, special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election will include looking into a possible White House cover up.
My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination.
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.