Comey to testify before Senate committee on Russian Federation probe

"He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to what the Times described as a White House document.

The exchange supports claims that Trump sacked Comey over the bureau's probe into possible collusion between the real estate mogul's campaign and Moscow.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that a senior White House official was now under investigation as part of an investigation over Russian efforts to tilt the elections in Trump's favour.

It quoted unnamed sources familiar with the investigation as saying it was someone "close to the president" but they would not identify them further.

Contacted by the Times, White House press secretary Sean Spice did not deny Trump had made the statements, saying Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russian Federation probe had put "unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

President allegedly told Russians that firing "nut job" Comey relieved 'great pressure, ' while federal probe appears to get more serious. The Post also reported that while the initial investigation was into coordination between Trump officials and Russian Federation, sources said it has expanded to include potential financial crimes committed by those close to Trump. And The New York Times said the United States president had told top Russian officials Comey's sacking had relieved "great pressure" on him.

The report said Trump's comments came from the White House's official written account of the meeting, which included quotations read to the Times with another official confirming the conversation had taken place. In the Oval Office weeks later, Mr Comey told associates, the president asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Times reported Trump noted the Russia investigation as he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak of his decision to fire Comey.

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

"I think he's very respectful of the role that the Congress is playing in doing its investigation", she said, "and the separate and distinct role that the Department of Justice is pursuing". The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

Trump reportedly added that he wasn't under investigation, which is potentially untrue, since the president may not know the extent or specifics of the probe. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

Mark Warner, D-Va., said the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will schedule the open hearing for sometime after Memorial Day.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sticking by his memo that preceded President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump acknowledged, in an interview with NBC News, that he had made a decision to fire Comey before reading the memo by Rosenstein.

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.

When he announced Mueller's appointment this week, Rosenstein said Mueller will have "all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation".

Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election.

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