Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

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Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence h

US President Donald Trump told Russian officials that his firing of former FBI director James B. Comey, who he referred to as "a real nut job", had taken "great pressure" off of him with regards to an investigation into his administration's ties with Moscow, the New York Times reported Friday.

Trump said he had "respect" for the move, but added: "I think it divides the country".

The NY Times cited a document read to the paper by an American official. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told the Russian foreign minister and US ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to The Times by a USA official.

Separately, The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House.

House of Representative members described Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's briefing as "very guarded" and "frustratingly cautious", deferring many answers to being under the purview of the recently-appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller.

On Thursday, Trump lashed out over the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as the special counsel to probe Trump-Russia ties, saying that it "divides country".

"This new report that President Trump openly admitted to the Russians that he "faced great pressure" from the FBI's criminal investigation that was "taken off" when he fired Director Comey is astonishing - and extremely troubling", he said. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on May 10, the day after he dismissed Comey, according to the document. April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of Donald Trump's office as the 45th president of the United States.

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"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. However the White House said at midday that there would be no announcement Friday.

One Comey memo reportedly claims that Trump asked the FBI director to "let this go"- referring to the FBI investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russians - although the President himself has flatly denied that he ever did that. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The memo focuses on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.

President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and slapped down accusations he tried to quash a probe into collusion between his campaign team and Russian Federation.

The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. Trump was telling Mr. Lavrov of the "pressure" he was now under. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".

Trump, at a combative and complaining press conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

Trump's meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak was controversial before news of talk about Comey ever came out.

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