Trump's message to Comey: 'I wish him luck'

Former FBI Director James Comey asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prevent him from being alone in a room with President Trump, CBS News' Andy Triay reports.

Meeting Republican leaders in the Roosevelt Room, Trump was asked whether he had a message for James Comey, whom he summarily dismissed last month in the middle of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the USA election past year, and the possible collusion of Trump campaign aides.

The Times, which first reported on Comey's request to Sessions, said it came after Trump had asked Comey in February to end an investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

On Thursday, Comey is set to testify at a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing, which has been much-awaited and anticipated, and Arizona Senator John McCain, who is not a member of the committee, will have the chance to question the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to CNN. Spicer discussed Trump's tweets, former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony and other topics.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign.

A spokesman for Pompeo, declined to comment to the Post, and the White House pointed to outside lawyers for the newspaper.

It was after Comey's refusal to drop to the probe Trump talked to Coats. "He was insane, a real nut job", he told them, according to The New York Times.

The issue has become even more controversial after officials privy to private communications between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak were illegally leaked to the Washington Post, leading to his eventual resignation. There's bipartisan agreement, the email says, that Comey "needs to answer a simple question about his conversations with President Trump: If you were so concerned, why didn't you act on it or notify Congress?" Eric Trump said the allegations that his father's campaign colluded with Russian Federation is "the greatest hoax of all time". And the New York Times went on to report Trump had told Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after the dismissal that Comey was a "nut job" and firing him had "taken off" pressure over his campaign's contacts with Russia.

The nonprofit Great America Alliance said Tuesday it would air an ad calling Comey "just another DC insider only in it for himself".

"The president's got a full day on Thursday", Spicer said.

The Washington Post reported on May 22 that Trump had asked the officials to help push back against the FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and Moscow, citing current and former officials.

White House officials had considered trying to invoke the President's executive privilege authority to block the testimony, but they said on Monday that they would not do so.

"No. No. Next question", Trump responded to the reporter.

Trump's decision to fire Comey led the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, ex-FBI director Robert Mueller, to investigate allegations of collusion.

Coats also said that if he is called before an investigative committee, such as the Senate Intelligence Committee, "I certainly will provide them with what I know and what I don't know".

  • Larry Hoffman