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

Earlier in the day the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian officials that his firing of Comey, who he referred to as "a real nut job", had taken "great pressure" off of him with regards to an investigation into his administration's ties with Moscow.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump on May 9 in the middle of an investigation into the president's links to Russian Federation, is to give evidence in an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee, the committee announced on Friday.

Senator Mark Warner, the committee's vice-chairman, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story". "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it". (American learned this from photos circulated by Russian media.) And you might have thought it was an even worse idea for Trump to reveal classified information to Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the meeting.

Wittes, who was raised Jewish and attended religious day school, dished about Comey's discomfort with Trump's attempts to court him and pressure him into shutting down investigations into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

He also called Comey "a real nut job", according to documents that summarized the meeting.

Close aides and advisors to Mr Trump have been under scrutiny for having contact with Russians during the campaign and during the presidential transition period.

The document was read to the New York Times by USA officials.

Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said the panel should request White House documents related to the May 10 meeting and subpoena them if necessary. Law enforcement officials would not further identify the individual. "That's taken off." The president also reportedly said: "I'm not under investigation".

The report reinforces the notion that Trump fired Comey specifically because of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, something Trump admitted to during an interview with NBC's Lester Holt.

In a statement provided to the Times, Spicer explained that Trump had criticized Comey for overly "politicizing" the investigation. That's now the third reason offered for Comey's firing.

The White House said earlier that Trump will not pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee before he leaves the country. The first was his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the second was Trump's saying he fired Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation". The White House initially said that Trump did so based on a separate memo written by Rosenstein; however, Trump himself later said that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation, and cited the "Russia thing" as something that was on his mind when he chose to let Flynn go.

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