Ex-FBI Director Comey to testify in public Senate hearing

During his meeting with Russian officials last week, President Donald Trump said recently fired FBI Director James Comey was a "nut job" whose ouster relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a report Friday in The New York Times. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told the Russian foreign minister and US ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to The Times by a USA official.

"Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader", Rosenstein said in the remarks.

Trump's May 10 meeting with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and visiting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was controversial enough, seeing as it took place the morning after he unexpectedly axed Comey and claimed that the firing had nothing to do with the F.B.I.'s probe into his presidential campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", said spokesman Sean Spicer.

Rosenstein declined to discuss the timing of the memo and who had asked him to write it, saying the memo and its role in Comey's firing were likely to be part of the investigation, which will now be led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein appointed special counsel on Wednesday.

The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing.

Per McClatchy, the cover up is the third "branch" of an investigation that began as a look into Russian interference, and then began to examine whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. The White House is defending Trump's words and actions, claiming that letting Comey go was a negotiating tactic aimed at allowing the U.S.to better engage with Russian Federation.

On Friday, members of Congress said, Rosenstein clearly defined his role in Comey's dismissal, telling the assembly that while he had written a memo criticising Comey's flouting of Justice Department rules for his public revelation of aspects of the Hillary Clinton email probe, it was not intended as a justification for firing Comey. The report says one official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

Seriously, though, Trump admitted that he canned Comey because of the Russia investigation to the Russians themselves?

The New York Times reports that Trump also had a few choice words for the Russians about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, whom he defenestrated last week. And while Comey's firing and the week's other bombshell story-that Trump had reportedly spilled classified information to senior Russian officials-seemed like somewhat distinct scandals, it turns out they may well be related.

Mr Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Mr Comey, another effort to settle the waters, with former senator Joe Lieberman seen as the front-runner. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a "person of interest" in the probe, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

At first, the White House said Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of the Justice Department, and because of Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton a year ago.



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