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20 May 2017, 03:44 | Melissa Porter
The White House is not denying a report Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a "nut job" in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister the day after firing Comey.
Many of those committees have asked Comey to testify, and late Friday, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Comey will appear before the panel publicly sometime after Memorial Day.
Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau's probe into Russian meddling with the 2016 us election, intensifying Donald Trump's troubles at the start of his first foreign trip as president. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it", Warner said in a statement. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by a USA official.
Since Comey was abruptly fired by Donald Trump, reports have surfaced suggesting a tense relationship between the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president.
In that same conversation, Trump referred to Comey as "crazy" and "a real nut job", according to the Times. Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Kushner - who has been in the spotlight over the president's decision to fire James Comey from the FBI and for meeting with Russian officials - and Manafort, who is now under federal investigation.
"This is a thorough investigation of what happened in the 2016 election, and it can go anywhere", said Republican representative Mark Walker of North Carolina.
The news broke shortly after Trump took off for his critically important five-country, eight-day foreign trip, the first of his presidency.
Investigators into Russian election meddling are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a statement that did not dispute Trump's quotes and instead presented them as the president talking frankly about the "pressure" Comey had put on Trump's diplomatic responsibilities.
The person is a senior White House adviser "close to the president", but the unnamed sources would not identify that official, the Postreported.
"I think it's a mistake to nominate anyone who's running for office", said Sen. "Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey".
But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".
Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller.
While the public has seen the aftermath many times in an endlessly repeated video clip that shows Trump greeting a smiling Comey at a January 22 White House event for law enforcement officials who provided security during the inauguration, the minor drama leading up to it has not been told and proves the adage that videos alone can be woefully, and perhaps hilariously, misleading.
"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Comey had courted controversy during the 2016 presidential polls when he revealed a renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use, which the Democrats claimed had hurt her chances of becoming the president.
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