Trump Told Russians "Nut Job" Comey Was Fired to Ease Pressure
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:40
U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, two top administration officials said on Sunday.
The president's son-in-law Jared Kushner is among those whose contacts with the Russian government have come under scrutiny.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was among the first to indicate the comments, if confirmed, could be the basis for serious legal trouble for the president. One of those memos reportedly details a February meeting in which Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The meeting between Trump and the Russian officials also proved controversial after it was revealed that the president disclosed classified information to the diplomats.
Even Republican lawmakers are starting to maintain a distance from him, fearing a backlash in the 2018 mid-term polls when the entire House of Representative goes up for election (the full House is up for grabs every two years).
The Russian foreign minister met the U.S. leader in the Oval Office on May 10.
White House hopes that Mr Trump could leave scandalous allegations at home were crushed in a one-two punch of revelations that landed shortly after his departure.
The New York Times, citing officials familiar with an internal White House summary of the meeting, reported that Trump referred to Comey as a "nut job" and said his removal would relieve "great pressure" coming from the agency's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Such is the crisis afflicting the Trump Presidency that jokes and internet memes on whether he will last the week or return from the foreign trip aside, talking heads are discussing in all seriousness scenarios ranging from impeachment proceedings to the prospect of Trump resigning, something that Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of the book "Art of the Deal" says he would find a way to do if he looks like he's "losing". And although there's no timeline on how long the investigation will take, "it's not a good development for the Trump White House".