Trump branded Comey 'nut job' as investigation points at White House

May 22, 2017, 00:14

Comey has not spoken publicly since President Donald Trump abruptly fired him less than two weeks ago amid his agency's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House aide as a person of interest in the Russian Federation investigation.

"I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account of the conversation to The Times and, in a statement to NPR, argued that the Russian Federation investigation was harming US foreign policy.

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According to the newly-revealed document, Mr Trump told Russian officials the day after Mr Comey left his job: "I just fired the head of the F.B.I".

"Nut job" is having a moment. And, "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation.

That's taken off." The White House says Comey's investigation did create unnecessary pressure on U.S. Lastly he adds, "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".

Tillerson also said Trump stressed that the US relationship with Moscow has hit an all-time low.

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Trump has denied he asked Comey to do that, though Comey wrote a memo after their encounter memorializing Trump's words to that effect ("I hope you can let this go"), according to sources close to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation".

Mr Rosenstein said, although he was personally fond of Mr Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". In his briefings with lawmakers, Rosenstein said that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey prior to writing the memo in question, according to McClatchy.

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices. But he added: "I haven't lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven't". "I believe it. I stand by it". Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul - and other matters - without constant distractions. Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

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