WH Official: NYT, WaPo Reports Are 'Coordinated Attack' on Trump

President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week that his firing of "nut job" FBI Director James Comey had taken "great pressure" off of him, The New York Times reported Friday.

Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session into a Russian interference investigation.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story".

Earlier this week, NPR confirmed that Trump had asked Comey to scuttle the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to a memo of the account written by Comey.

As the media reveal more information about the tormented relationship between President Trump and fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, some of the best tidbits are coming from his friend Benjamin Wittes.

It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Separately, a Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser was now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election.

The development will be seen to support the allegation that Mr Trump fired him because of the FBI's investigation into collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives.

As the White House received the news Wednesday evening that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had chosen a special counsel, they issued a statement attributed to the president.

The president's move came days after Comey testified in Capitol Hill about the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling into the USA elections and a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

On Thursday, Trump denied trying to influence the investigation by sacking Comey.

In response, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), asked this question: "What's worse: President admitting Comey was sacked over Russian Federation, or Spicer justifying it?"

The official announcement of Comey's dismissal cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her 2009-2013 tenure as Secretary of State. "That's taken off... I am not under investigation", he was quoted as saying by said the daily. It was also different than the one Rosenstein gave to the U.S. Senate in a closed session a little more than an hour before the president's press conference.

  • Leroy Wright