Trump reportedly called Comey a 'nut job' to Russian officials
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 11:17
The Post said the source of its information would not further identify the official, who was described as being a person close to Trump.
On Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump allegedly said Comey was 'crazy, a real nut job, ' during a May 10 Oval Office meeting - the day after Comey's firing - with Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey I. Kislyak.
Other news reports have alleged Trump had previously asked Comey to stop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
"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.
Trump spoke on Thursday at the White House as the Justice Department official who appointed a special counsel to independently lead a Trump-Russia investigation briefed the entire Senate in private at the Capitol.
White House officials are venting their frustration with Donald Trump's behavior following new revelations that he reportedly trash-talked former FBI Director James Comey during a meeting with Russian officials.
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official.
And The New York Times said the U.S. president had told top Russian officials Comey's sacking had relieved "great pressure" on him. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the accuracy of the Times' account.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the various congressional committees that are investigating the alleged Russian connection to the Trump campaign have formally requested documents from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation relating both to the firing of Comey and to the memorandum by Comey detailing his discussions with Trump.
The White House didn't learn of his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until 30 minutes before it was publicly announced. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".
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 was using a negotiating tactic when he told Russian officials about the "great pressure" he was under, another US official defended the president to the Times, suggesting that Trump's goal was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions on certain issues.
"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President", Warner, a Democrat, said.
Aides were also said to be afraid of leaving Trump alone in meetings given his propensity for off-the-cuff remarks.
The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump.
"What President Trump is seeking is to unite peoples of all faiths around a common vision of peace, progress and prosperity", he told reporters.
"My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said.