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Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

President Donald Trump called recently fired FBI Director James Comey a "nut job" before telling Russian officials in the White House last week that ousting the director had relieved "great pressure" from him.

Ten days after James Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump, the former FBI Director agreed to testify before an open session of the Senate Intel Committee. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document summarising the meeting and read to it by an unnamed USA official.

Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest.

The newspaper cites the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting.

"The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russian Federation as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people".

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Macron himself sounded a note of skepticism about the political obstacles standing in the way of such major changes. A large group of onlookers, some carrying European flags, stood outside the chancellery as Mr Macron arrived.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement, "As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to lead the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - one day after The Times reported that Trump had pressured James Comey, the FBI director whom Trump fired on May 9, to drop the bureau's probe into Flynn.

Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Russian officials about the "great pressure" he was under, another USA official defended the president to the Times, suggesting that Trump's objective was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions on certain issues. The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.

President Trump fired Comey last Tuesday.

Since his firing, Comey's friends have been sharing details of his interactions with Trump with the press. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration". Several senators had already disclosed that information after emerging from their briefing with him on Thursday, and he made the same points to House members.

The Washington Post first reported the news.

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The US navy had launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian airfield after an alleged chemical weapons attack. The Trump administration should have proceeded with the actions it was planning to take against China .

"Mr.Comey served his country with honour for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story".

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named Special Counsel for the Russian Federation investigation on Wednesday. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led Mr Comey's firing - and who exactly made the decision.

Rosenstein made it clear to the lawmakers that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"I wrote it. I believe it". Rosenstein denounced that decision as “profoundly wrong and unfair.”. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

The Times report added to the impression given by Trump himself in a television interview last week in which he said the Russian Federation issue was a factor in firing Comey.

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More than a dozen horses flanked the presidential limousine Saturday as Trump was slowly driven to the Royal Court in Riyadh. Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than his predecessor Barack Obama.


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