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20 May 2017, 02:23 | Marion Schneider
The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.
With the president departing on Friday afternoon for the first foreign visit of his presidency, focus was turning to the scope and nature of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and links between the president's election campaign team and the Kremlin.
"If the election had been on October 27th, I would be your president", Clinton said earlier this month, referring to Mr Comey's statement on October 28th that a fresh investigation involving emails sent to the disgraced former husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin had been opened.
This latest damaging story was published shortly after Trump left for Saudi Arabia to kick off a nine-day global trip, his first as commander-in-chief.
A near simultaneous report from The Washington Post indicates the probe has reached a current White House official-one described as "a senior White House adviser" and "close to the president".
The leak to the Times was particularly damaging since only a select group of people could have had access to the information about the May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (Rosenstein backed up this version, telling a Senate committee that Trump had already made a decision to fire Comey before he wrote his letter.) But after Trump saw the backlash to his seeming honesty, he and his staff backtracked to the recommendation line.
Friday's report quotes Trump calling ousted FBI Director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job".
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Trump reportedly added, "I'm not under investigation". 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.
During the meeting - in which Trump allegedly revealed classified information provided by Israel - the president reportedly said Comey's firing a day earlier had had relieved him of "great pressure" over his ties to Russian Federation.
"I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign. But the takeaway, as it has been for some time, is that the president's primary consideration in firing the FBI director was the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
He says that even his "enemies" recognize his innocence, and he's declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history.
They White House initially said Comey was only fired after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsComey to testify publicly amid Trump-Russia probe Russia probe looking at current WH official: report Trump told Russians firing "nut job" Comey eased pressure MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote recommendations. The former Secretary of State herself has blamed Mr Comey's intervention for costing her the campaign.
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