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Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

The White House is not denying a report Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a "nut job" in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister the day after firing Comey.

The comments, allegedly made one day after Trump abruptly fired Comey, could fuel allegations Trump got rid of him because of the investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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.

The hearing will be scheduled after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the committee said in a statement.

Trump's dismissal of Comey was met with bipartisan derision.

In the Oval Office weeks later, Mr Comey told associates, the President asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But Comey has declined to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which also extended him an invitation to testify, according to that committee's chairman and ranking member.

The reports came just as Trump flew to Saudi Arabia to kick off his first foreign trip as USA leader - highlighting how the controversy over his team's alleged links to Moscow is dogging his fledgling presidency.

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

Trump told Russians pressure off after firing 'nutjob' Comey
But he said ultimately he thought it was appropriate for Trump "to seek a new leader" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation . Trump had ignited a political firestorm the previous week when he fired Comey, who was running the investigation.

One government official interviewed by the Times claimed Trump's talk of "pressure" was a negotiation tactic, meant to press upon Moscow that its meddling in the 2016 elections had raised problems for the president, and to induce Russian Federation into diplomatic concessions.

Presumably, the pressure was lifted because Trump had just fired the "crazy" Comey, who he also allegedly described as a "real nut job". "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the New York Times.

Questions about the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

While White House staffers solidified the details of Trump's first foreign trip, sensitive information apparently poured out of the administration like a sieve to major United States news outlets regarding the president's handling of the former FBI director and the ongoing law enforcement investigation into his campaign.

"Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations", he added.

Separately, the Washington Post reported that at least one senior White House official is being looked at as a "significant person of interest" in the FBI probe as the investigation is accelerating with grand jury subpoenas.

Among Trump's senior White House advisers are several former campaign officials, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis
Abe also struck a conciliatory note, saying: "With the new president, I wish to build future-oriented Japan-South Korea relations".

Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Another on the condition of anonymity confirmed the quotes from the said document.

The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticizing Comey.

The Washington Post meanwhile said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified an unnamed senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its sprawling probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. That would surely include Trump's firing of Comey.

Mr Rosenstein said, although he was personally fond of Mr Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".

The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

The appointment has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. Trump has strongly denied any collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and has rejected allegations that he pressured Comey to drop a related investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - saying "the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

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