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Trump told Russians firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure on investigation

20 May 2017, 02:11 | Laverne Osborne

The Times reported that the document has been circulated as the meeting's official account, read to the newspaper by one official and its general points confirmed by another.

With the president departing on Friday afternoon for the first foreign visit of his presidency, focus was turning to the scope and nature of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and links between the president's election campaign team and the Kremlin.

A current White House official is "under scrutiny" in the federal investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA election, the Washington Post reported Friday. No American reporters were allowed in to document the meeting, only a Russian Foreign Ministry photographer.

In a briefing to member of the House of Representatives a day after he briefed senators, Mr Rosenstein said that Mr Comey' handling of Hillary Clinton' email scandal had been criticized by officials from both political parties.

Warner, the vice chairman of the panel, said that he hopes Comey's testimony "will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President".

In a written statement, Trump insisted anew there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

During the meeting - in which Trump allegedly revealed classified information provided by Israel - the president reportedly said Comey's firing a day earlier had had relieved him of "great pressure" over his ties to Russian Federation. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".


Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.

Now, he'll have the opportunity to talk not just about Russian Federation investigation, but why Trump fired him.

While the case began quietly last July as an effort to determine whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russian operatives to meddle in the presidential election campaign, the investigative work now being done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation also includes determining whether any financial crimes were committed by people close to the president. They didn't identify the lawmaker who made the remark but said Rosenstein gave a neutral response. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

The Times story came as the Washington Post separately reported that the investigation into Russian Federation had led to a person of significant interest who works in the White House right now.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said.

On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables soon, two in the Senate and one in the House.

The Times report added to the impression given by Trump himself in a television interview last week in which he said that the Russian Federation issue was a factor in firing Comey, although the White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.



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