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

20 May 2017, 02:11 | Darnell Patrick

Since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, the explanations for the dismissal have been getting murkier. Richard Burr, who chairs the committee. A date has not been set.

In a move aimed at restoring public faith in the Russian Federation investigation, Rosenstein this week appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head the probe.

The White House has responded to a NY Times report that President Donald Trump fired Comey, saying that it had relieved the "great pressure" that had developed due to the Russian Federation probe.

US President Donald Trump will not announce the new director of the coveted Federal Bureau of Investigation ahead of his maiden foreign trip beginning today, the White House has said. He said in a statement that Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State group.

According to notes taken during the meeting with the Russians that served as the official summary, Trump expressed relief that he had gotten rid of Comey. Former Trump associates including Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone - all of whom the president has distanced himself from - have been named by reports as potential targets, and former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn admitted to having improper conversations with a Russian ambassador during the transition.

The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

Other Democrats pounced on the story, arguing it shows clear attempts by Trump to obstruct justice. Trump has denied any collusion. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts". McClatchy cited members of Congress as being the source for the report, which was published after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed Congress on Friday. Those familiar with the case said its significance had increased before Mueller's appointment.

About this item, Spicer said, "As the President has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

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The notes were taken from inside the office and circulated "as the official account of the meeting". The White House has denied there was collusion between the campaign and any "foreign entity".


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He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey's firing.

Another government official who spoke to the Times said Trump was using a "negotiating tactic" with Lavrov when he explained the "pressure" he faced.

Mueller's appointment raised questions about whether he would ask Congress to step away from its investigation, or whether the dual track would complicate issues such as calling witnesses or obtaining documents.

Trump has called the furore since he fired Comey a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no contact between his campaign and Russian Federation.

The ex-FBI chief has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the investigation.

Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen. Exit question: Remember when the White House used to claim that it fired Comey because of how he handled the Clinton investigation? Oh, and he is also said to have called the most senior law enforcement official in the United States "a real nut job". And while Comey's firing and the week's other bombshell story-that Trump had reportedly spilled classified information to senior Russian officials-seemed like somewhat distinct scandals, it turns out they may well be related.

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.



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