Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

Several news reports have emerged in the wake of Comey's firing, alleging that Trump demanded "loyalty" from the former FBI director, asked him to "let" the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn go, and told Russian officials that Comey was "crazy" and a "nut job".

In a separate news report on Friday, the Washington Post claimed that a senior White House adviser was a person of significant interest in the investigation into possible ties between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation. Comey's October 28, 2016 letter to the FBI announcing he was reopening the investigation "flouted rules and deeply ingrained traditions", and guaranteed some people would question the FBI's role in the United States presidential election, Rosenstein continued.

"I just fired the head of the FBI", Trump said, according to the Times account.

Trump's easy denigration of the former FBI Director to representatives/spies of a hostile foreign power who interfered in our election is the opposite of patriotism and statesmanship.

"I was very pleased, certainly, with the selection of Mr. Mueller", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland told reporters after the House briefing.

As director of the FBI, Comey oversaw the investigation of potential links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign. In a statement on May 9, the White House said: "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. "Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller's findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution".

"This is an inflection point in the entire Russian Federation collusion investigation", he told MSNBC. Plus, the more bumbling Trump does in handling the Russian Federation investigation, the harder it is for Moscow to have any meaningful dialogue with Washington.

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

Trump had ignited a political firestorm the previous week when he fired Comey, who was running the investigation.

She said subjects of the investigation could later argue that its results cannot be trusted, but she believes the argument would not stand up in court. Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair". However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

The FBI's investigation seeks to determine whether and to what extent Trump associates were in contact with Kremlin operatives, what business dealings they might have had in Russian Federation, and whether they in any way facilitated the hacking and publishing of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails during the presidential campaign.