Firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure, Trump told Russians

Firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure, Trump told Russians

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on May 3.

Cummings called those memos particularly important after The New York Times reported Friday that Trump had told visiting Russian officials in the Oval Office that firing Comey had taken pressure off the Russia probe.

It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Reacting to the appointment, Trump earlier said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place. The document is being treated as the official account of the meeting, and Sean Spicer didn't dispute its contents.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accused President Trump on Friday of being more open with Russian officials than he has been with the American people.

In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.

On the same day The Washington Post reported that a current senior White House adviser described as a "significant person of interest" is under scrutiny as part of the probe investigating possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

It's hard to believe this happened because Donald Trump is under investigation for possibly colluding with Russian Federation. The Justice Department's newly appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller, was given the authority to investigate not only potential collusion but also related allegations, which would include obstruction of justice.

The meeting came after a week of White House chaos in which Trump also was accused of divulging classified information during a White House visit by Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the United States.

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that the appointment of a special counsel to lead an FBI investigation into Russian meddling during the presidential election "hurts our country terribly".

The announcement comes hours after Trump said he was "very close" to naming the replacement of former FBI Director James Comey whom he fired on May 9. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had also warned the White House that Mr Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian extortion almost three weeks before he stepped down.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Trump fired Comey, who was leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation inquiry, last week.

The House approved 11 articles of impeachment and the Senate pursued three, each time falling one vote short of a two-thirds majority.

That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Mr Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.

The Russian government is accused by USA intelligence of trying to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.