Comey 'a nut job,' Trump reportedly told Russians

It came two days after Mr Rosenstein named Mr Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Donald Trump has shown his disrespect for the presidency if, as reported, he told Russian diplomats that FBI Director James Comey was a "nut job" whose firing relieves pressure on the president.

These two revelations taken together likely spell trouble for a president who has gone to great lengths to argue that he, personally, is not now under FBI investigation.

Impeaching President Donald Trump would be "wrenching" and not something that lawmakers should push for without hard evidence, Rep. Adam Schiff said Wednesday.

The White House document read to the Times was based on notes taken within the Oval Office during the meeting.

Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Comey was a "nut job", according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a USA official.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in an open hearing before Congress, senators from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced Friday - giving Comey his first chance to publicly recount the events that led up to his sudden and unceremonious firing by President Donald Trump last week.

Sources close to the investigation told the Post that the current White House official is someone very near Trump, but did not identify the individual.

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The newspaper cites the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting.

Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement released Friday evening.

Comey's expected testimony also comes after Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department is already reviewing Mueller's background as well as any potential conflicts of interest, said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

On the heels of a special counsel being named to oversee the Russian Federation probe, the Post report late Friday said law enforcement officials looking into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign have identified a senior White House adviser as a significant person of interest.

"It explicitly usurped the role of the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the entire Department of Justice", Rosenstein said of that public announcement. When pressed on the issue, Rosenstein said that was not true.

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