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20 May 2017, 02:34 | Darnell Patrick
"He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the New York Times.
The exchange supports claims that Trump sacked Comey over the bureau's probe into possible collusion between the real estate mogul's campaign and Moscow.
President Trump embarks on his first global trip as commander-in-chief on Friday amid a slew of bad headlines that have shaken the White House.
Mr Trump's comments were delivered in a chaotic East Room news conference on Thursday where he stood alongside the President of Colombia, Mr Juan Manuel Santos.
The latest crisis to beset Trump comes days after an another revelation by the daily which claimed that the president has asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.
Two more bombshell reports published Friday afternoon delivered a one-two punch to the Trump White House regarding the investigation into its potential ties to Russian Federation, capping off a week where each day dealt a fresh blockbuster blow to the administration.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chairman and ranking Democrat on the committee, said the ex-FBI head "deserves an opportunity to tell his story".
As director of the FBI, Comey oversaw the investigation of potential links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.
The recently sacked intelligence official has agreed to the hearing amid growing concern over President Trump's ties to Russian Federation and his involvement in the ongoing the investigation into former National Security advisor Michael Flynn.
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The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing. Mr Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Mr Comey, he thought it was "appropriate" to seek a new leader.
The newspaper cited a document detailing the White House meeting Trump held with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after he fired Comey.
"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation", said Spicer in a statement to the Times regarding its story.
For an embattled White House communications team, facing the flood of negative stories and criticisms from the president, the stories were an exclamation point at the end of a disastrous week and will further cast a shadow over Trump's high-stakes foreign trip.
Late on Friday, the Senate intelligence committee announced that Mr Comey had agreed to testify at an open hearing at an undetermined date after Memorial Day. News reports that Comey had written memos about his conversations with Trump since January have fueled that aspect of the probe. Even before becoming president and having to deal with the nuclear threats of North Korea, Trump took aim at the country's leader.
On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables soon, two in the Senate and one in the House.
The report does not say who the cover-up probe will target.
The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.
"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.
It comes as concerns grow in Washington about the nature of the relationship between Trump's administration and Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation.
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Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the case, citing the need to insulate the probe from political interference. Republican Representative Charlie Dent said there was no question the Russians meddled in the election.
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