Ex-FBI Director Comey to testify in public Senate hearing

The Washington Post reported that a senior Trump administration official is now a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation probe.

The New York Times cited an unnamed USA official as its source for receiving the comments, which had been taken down in notes summarizing the meeting.

Some have alleged that Trump fired Comey in order to impede the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the election. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump reportedly said, according to the document.

President Vladimir Putin described the United States media claims as "political schizophrenia" and said that Russian Federation could provide the transcript of the conversation.

The Times got that bombshell of a quote from "notes taken from inside the Oval Office", which were read to reporters by a US official and confirmed by another.

The AFP reported that the Russian president has a recording of an exchange between Trump and the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that he was "ready to provide" if necessary. He will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium over the next nine days. Like so many things coming out of the White House lately, this seems both sinister and utterly moronic.

Two members of the Trump campaign and transition team with reported ties to Russian Federation - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chair Paul Manafort - are not current White House officials, meaning the Post reporting has identified a new connection.

A special counsel has been appointed to spearhead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether any associates of Trump colluded with Russian officials during the campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly informed members of Congress of this on Friday, according to McClatchy.

"As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement in response to The Post's report. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would have not have ended it.

Leave aside, for a moment, that the president has added "nut job" to "showboat" and "grandstander" to the list of terms he's used to refer to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "This was a five-alarm fire from early on.the way the Russians were talking about him", an official of the previous Obama administration said.

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

  • Zachary Reyes