Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump told Russians firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure on investigation

On May 19, the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian envoys at the White House the day after Comey's firing that he thought Comey was a "nut job".

If the White House couldn't get Mueller removed, they'd use the rule to cast doubt on his impartiality, according to Reuters:"Under this strategy, the sources said the administration would raise the issue in press conferences and public statements", Julia Edwards Ainsley reported.

"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now, it seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation", Sen.

The May 10 conversation happened the day after Comey's dismissal and bolsters the idea that the bureau's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian agents was the primary motive.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed that Mr Comey would testify in "open session" about the investigation into possible links between the Trump team and Russian officials.

An unnamed American official read out a summary of the meeting to the Times.

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White House officials have cited Rosenstein's memo as one of the main justifications for Trump's firing of Comey. He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by Trump.

"By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

The account from Rosenstein also agrees with Trump's statements that the president had made a decision to fire Comey before he wrote the memo that the administration used to explain his firing.

"This is a thorough investigation of what happened in the 2016 election, and it can go anywhere", said Republican representative Mark Walker of North Carolina. Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. "That's taken off", Trump told his guest in the Oval Office, the Times said, quoting notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a USA official. This was the same meeting in which Trump revealed previously classified information.

The president has been adamant that the meddling did not alter the outcome of the race, but it has become a political cudgel for his opponents. Mueller was granted broad investigatory powers, which could encompass looking into whether Trump obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Trump also later admitted that the ongoing Russian Federation investigation and possible ties between his campaign associates also played a role in his decision to fire Comey.

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