Investigation into Russian Federation scandal reaches inside the White House

"I just fired the head of the FBI He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to official meeting notes which were read aloud to the New York Times by an administration source.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in open session before one of the legislative committees investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, committee leaders announced Friday.

The news broke as the Washington Post reported that the investigation had identified a senior current White House official as a "significant person of interest".

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.

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.

The reports emerged as Mr Trump departed for his first overseas trip as United States president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election. The White House has denied there was collusion between the campaign and any "foreign entity".

Since Comey was abruptly fired by Donald Trump, reports have surfaced suggesting a tense relationship between the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president.

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Spicer didn't dispute the Times' report, but did in his statement continue to emphasize wildly that the "real story" is "that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House aide as a person of interest in the Russian Federation investigation.

Earlier this week, investors dumped stocks in response to reports that Trump in February had asked Comey to stop investigating his former national security adviser, prompting accusations the president may have tried to hamper the probe. Several congressional Republicans said Wednesday that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter. So the White House set about saying this was Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's decision and issued a memo from him focused exclusively on the Clinton investigation.

Burr said the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.

James Comey will come speak in a public sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee sometime after Memorial Day, the committee announced Friday evening. Comey, who headed the FBI's now-criminal investigation into the same events, declined to do so.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation", he said.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

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