Trump boasts to Russians of firing Comey

American press didn't have access to the meeting on May 10 between President Donald Trump and Russian diplomats, but notes from the meeting- apparently distributed to a number of White House and other government officials- were leaked to the New York Times. But he often expresses great pride, and a certain wonder, that he won, and he likes the amenities of the job. So Trump was entertaining top Russian officials in the White House while trashing the man who was leading that investigation, whom he'd just fired.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not refute the latest reported comments, instead said Trump "has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russian Federation". And again I'm quoting now, "The president has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russian Federation as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS, and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people". Rather, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the Times the pressure Trump was referring to was on his administration's "ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

The mainstream media have jumped on the as-yet-anonymous reports as additional fuel for their assertions that Trump ousted Comey for investigating his ties with Russian Federation.

The committee says it hopes the testimony will help answer questions that have arisen since the director was suddenly dismissed by President Donald Trump. Trump's stunning miscalculations - the naive belief that he could kill off the investigation, or that the Democrats would welcome his act because they were still angry at Comey for how he had treated Clinton - provided insight into his appalling judgment. He did not take pressure off by firing Comey, he increased it. "Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story". Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey".

Even as the steady flow (or flood) or revelations based on anonymous leaks to the Times, the Washington Post, and other major mainstream outlets has been the source of some consternation, even among those highly critical of the Trump administration, Friday's leak arrived Friday just as Air Force One was taking off for Trump's first overseas trip since taking office.

Comey, abruptly fired by Trump last week, has agreed to testify in public sometime after Memorial Day, the committee said in a statement.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to a boil. Trump, on Thursday, denies pressuring Comey.

But Rosenstein told lawmakers that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump undercuts this rationale, saying he was going to fire the "showboater" and "grandstander" all along. US intelligence agencies all believe that the Russian government conducted covert operations to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

The move was dubbed "Nixonian" and has led to the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers to investigate the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation.

The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Trump's account.

Trump's meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak was controversial before news of talk about Comey ever came out.

Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour. Flynn also received $45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organization. Cummings called Trump's reported comment "astonishing and extremely troubling".

  • Zachary Reyes