Firing 'nut job' James Comey took off pressure, says Donald Trump

Reports that Trump boasted to Russian officials of firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to relieve "great pressure" from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election engulfed his administration in turmoil just as Trump left for his first foreign trip as president on Friday.

When Stephanopoulos asked whether Trump's comments seemed appropriate, McMaster responded: "As you know it's very hard to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what are what appear to be notes of that meeting".

Mueller will have broad powers in his new role and the latitude to investigate anything related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and potential collusion with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump and one of the closest advisers to his father-in-law US President Donald Trump, is reportedly a "person of interest" in the probe into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, according to US media reports Saturday.

On May 19, the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian envoys at the White House the day after Comey's firing that he thought Comey was a "nut job".

"I just fired the head of the FBI He was insane, a real nut job", Mr Trump said, according to a document detailing the Russian visit.

Rubio said White House officials had told him they had no transcripts nor notes of Trump's meeting with Russian officials but "apparently someone has discussed them, or leaked them".

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation", the White House memo quotes Trump as saying.

Spicer said of the former FBI director: "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".

Comey has agreed to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it".

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

Critics also alleged that Trump may have also obstructed justice by requesting Comey to stop the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump told Holt that he called Comey multiple times and asked him whether he was under investigation.

While Comey was reportedly uncomfortable with the president's improper boundaries and conduct before he was sacked, sources say Comey hadn't come to any conclusions about the president's intent until he lost his job. The Post didn't name the official. "I mean it doesn't make sense", McMaster said".

On Fox, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump was also trying to convey to the Russians that he was "not going to be distracted by all these issues at home that affect us domestically".

Then, in late October - with the election looming - Comey announced in a bombshell memo that his agency would reopen its Clinton probe.

Mr Rosenstein revealed that detail in two briefings to Congress members last week, according to remarks released on Friday by the Justice Department. Richard Burr said in a statement.

FILERussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied talking about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month.

Senator Lindsey Graham said Thursday the appointment of a special counsel meant "Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited".

  • Leroy Wright