Cummings tells Chaffetz to demand WH docs on Trump, Russia's Comey conversation
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 4:47
The Washington Post story reported that the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had identified a senior White House adviser who is close to the president as a "significant person of interest".
Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper did not name the senior Trump administration staffer but said that the individual had become a "significant person of interest". This was obviously a sham, which Trump revealed the next day when he told Lester Holt he would've fired Comey regardless of what Rosenstein had to say. 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.
"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post's report.
According to the NY Times, the surfaced document claimed Trump told the Russians "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to a document summarizing the meeting read to the Times.
"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
The paper said the comments came from the White House's written account of the Oval Office meeting.
"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.
In the remarks, Rosenstein also batted down news reports that Comey had ever requested more resources for the investigation, and said acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe could not recall such a request either.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes.
According to McClatchy, special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election will include looking into a possible White House cover up.
"I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Flynn told his friends at a restaurant in northern Virginia late last month, according to Yahoo News.
Mr Rosenstein during his briefing failed to clarify whether his memo dated May 9th was informed by his knowledge that Mr Trump was preparing to dismiss Mr Comey, members of Congress who were at the briefing said.
The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led Mr Comey's firing - and who exactly made the decision.
Trump's alleged pressure on Comey - denied by the White House - has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice.