Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him

by Jared Lewis May 23, 2017, 1:17

This comes as more officials and media personalities question Trump's antics and his fitness for office.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will schedule the open hearing for sometime after Memorial Day.

"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee", said Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, urging Comey to reconsider.

The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, did not identify the senior Trump adviser except to say that the person of interest was close to Trump, a Republican who entered the White House four months ago.

Trump's trip, which also includes stops in Israel, Italy and Belgium next week, has been billed by the administration as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions while giving him time to meet with Arab, Israeli and European leaders. Press secretary Sean Spicer, who is on Air Force One with Trump, issued written statements responding to the stories from the Post and the Times.

White House hopes that Trump could leave scandalous allegations at home were crushed in a one-two punch of revelations that landed shortly after his departure.

Swecker said he opposed the appointment of a special counsel at first, but after witnessing the public perception of the Russian investigation, he thought it was time.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

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

In his first press conference since a bombshell report dropped alleging that he pressured James Comey to drop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his ousted national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Thursday contradicted his own previously stated rationale-not to mention the various media accounts-surrounding Comey's firing.

President Trump told Russian officials that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

On Thursday, a day after the special counsel was named, Trump wrote on Twitter that the inquiry "is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

2 Democrat in the Senate, said Rosenstein told lawmakers at a closed briefing that he learned of Trump's decision to fire Comey "and then he wrote his memo with his rationale" for the president's action.

Rosenstein disputed the claim that Mr. Comey had asked for more resources in the Russian Federation case the day before being fired.

The statement may well be viewed by the newly appointed Department of Justice special counsel, Robert Mueller, as placing a bright spotlight on the President's true intent in firing Mr. Comey: deliberate interference with the progress of the Russian Federation probe.

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