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ibusinesslines.com August 18, 2017


Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

20 May 2017, 02:54 | Erica Roy

But for anyone paying attention to the news this week, you can't help but feel like you're witnessing the making of the next big political satire - either that, or the next episode of "Veep".

A memo by fired FBI Director Comey alleged Trump even asked that the probe into Flynn be shut down. According to the report, Trump called Comey a "nut job" to two Russian officials he met with last week, and is reported to have also shared classified information with the officials during the same meeting. "I faced great pressure because of Russia", Trump reportedly said. "And also as you look back", asked a reporter who was cut off by the President's reply.

Former FBI Director James Comey told a friend that while attending a White House event earlier this year, he attempted to use his blue suit to blend in with blue curtains in the room because he wanted to avoid being noticed by Trump and prevent further awkward interaction him. The hypocrisy should not be shocking at this point, and yet!

Anonymous sources familiar with the probe told the Post that a "significant person of interest" in the sprawling probe into Russia's election interference is a senior White House adviser close to President Donald Trump.

President Trump embarks on his first global trip as commander-in-chief on Friday amid a slew of bad headlines that have shaken the White House.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.


Air Force One departed from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, outside Washington, with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a group of senior advisers and journalists covering the trip. We've reached out to the White House for comment, and will update if they respond.

Robert Mueller, who served as FBI chief under George W Bush, was appointed this week as special counsel for the investigation.

Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election. But he added, "I wrote it".

Mr Trump's terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Mr Comey alleging that Mr Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Mr Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February. Laying aside the fact that Spicer is also connecting Comey's firing to the Russian Federation investigation, which only makes the obstruction suspicions stronger, if the White House wanted less "grandstanding" and more investigating why did it oppose the appointment of a special counsel?

The remarks, reported in The New York Times, came amid an investigation into potential collusion between the president's campaign and Russian government officials, allegations Trump has repeatedly dismissed as "fake news". The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump. Several congressional Republicans said Wednesday that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter.

That's not all: McClatchy reported that Rosenstein alerted members of Congress that investigators were also examining whether administration officials engaged in a cover-up.



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