Trump told Russians FBI's Comey was a 'nut job'

Robert Mueller

Comey has been at the heart of the scandals enveloping the White House after Trump fired him last week while he was leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's election-year meddling and contact with the Trump campaign. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a "person of interest" in the probe, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The members said he said he'd been told of the decision to fire Comey before he was asked to write the memo.

The meeting took place one day after Trump's surprise firing of Comey, which prompted bipartisan outcry and ultimately led to the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel for the Russian probe.

Administration officials including Spicer, Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway initially argued that Comey's dismissal had "nothing to do" with the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the US election, which includes looking into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russian operatives. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". The official claims that Trump simply used the topic to segue into creating a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov regarding Syria, Ukraine and other issues by bringing up the fact that Russia interfering in the United States election caused him great political strife.

Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times.

Donald Trump called the ongoing Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt", but reporters have just found a boiling cauldron and a closet full of broomsticks. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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The document was read to the Times by one official, and a second official confirmed broad strokes of the discussion, the newspaper said. Reports of a memo from Comey indicating Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into Flynn rocked Washington and Wall Street. "He was insane, a real nut job".

The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings. The bureau is also probing whether Trump associates have business ties to Russian Federation and any connection between the Trump campaign and the hacking of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials' emails. Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott says lawmakers pressed Rosenstein on the memo but he declined to respond.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.

Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton says Rosenstein didn't "do a lot to bolster our confidence in him". This could implicate Jared Kushner, as he's the only senior White House advisor now known to have had contact with Russian officials. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House.

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