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

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

The latest crisis to beset Trump comes days after an another revelation by the daily which claimed that the president has asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.

The Times said the document was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office. They have, however, also jumped in with both feet on nearly any anonymous story linking this administration with Russia, spreading tales of electrical grids being hacked and breathlessly repeating reports "proving" Russian interference in United States elections, many of which have been found to be totally without merit.

Sources close to the investigation told the Post that the current White House official is someone very near Trump, but did not identify the individual.

Presumably, the pressure was lifted because Trump had just fired the "crazy" Comey, who he also allegedly described as a "real nut job".

The White House, however, denied such allegations.

He said the investigation would have always continued, and the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign previous year.

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.

If the department did not grant a waiver, Mueller would be barred from investigating Kushner or Manafort, and this could greatly diminish the scope of the probe, experts said. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey.

The memo is said to have been written by Mr Comey the day after Mr Flynn resigned.

The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings.

Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton says Rosenstein didn't "do a lot to bolster our confidence in him".

"I came out of there knowing that I trust this deputy attorney general, that I trust this special counsel and while he didn't answer many questions, he had a clear reason for not answering", Cleaver said.

Republicans have largely stood behind Trump in the first months of his presidency as the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's election meddling intensified.

Earlier this week, the Times reported that Comey kept detailed memos of his conversations with Trump, including one from a February meeting in which Trump suggested he "let go" of the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who resigned the day after the president's meeting with Comey.

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