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Trump said firing Comey relieved 'great pressure'

21 Mai 2017

The comments, allegedly made one day after Trump abruptly fired Comey, could fuel allegations Trump got rid of him because of the investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. "He was insane, a real nut job". "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

I chose the issues to include in my memorandum.

He added: "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president, but we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House".

Donald Trump told Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting that firing former FBI Director James Comey eased pressure caused by an investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 campaign, the New York Times reports.

Trump also told reporters Thursday that he's not involved whatsoever.

The claims in the newspaper, which cited notes from a meeting, were not disputed by the White House, which attacked Mr Comey for "grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions" in response to the reports.

Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump. And Sessions could hire a new deputy attorney general who would then fire Mueller. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.

Wittes also exposes some possible tension between Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended to Trump that Comey be fired. "I stand by it", Rosenstein underscored.

Rosenstein is the lead Justice Department official on the investigation into Trump's connections with Russian Federation.

Mueller's appointment may halt the rising tide of criticism and demands for investigation into the Russian Federation controversy and even give Trump breathing room to get his house into order. The senior White House adviser under.

In another day of head-spinning developments, Mr Trump poured more fuel on the firestorm himself before leaving Washington yesterday. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

"Donald Trump should start every morning with a tweet about what he is doing that day to help working-class Americans", said Republican strategist Alex Conant.

But Rosenstein did not disclose further details about the memo he wrote, according to House members on Friday. Wittes describes Comey as bothered by Trump's efforts to chit-chat with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who traditionally is supposed to maintain a formal, clearly defined relationship with the president.

Earlier in the memo, Rosenstein detailed why he thought Comey's public statement about Hillary Clinton's email scandal in July was "profoundly wrong and unfair both to the Department of Justice and Secretary Clinton".

"He's good, he's solid but he's also a survivor and you don't survive that long without making some compromises and I'm concerned about that", Comey added, according to the Times' source.

"Rosenstein testimony to Senate was profoundly disturbing", Sen.

Trump, combative and complaining, fell short Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office. "And I think this shows a very divided country".

The appointment of the special counsel indicates other believe that's still open to question.

Two more bombshell reports published Friday afternoon delivered a one-two punch to the Trump White House regarding the investigation into its potential ties to Russian Federation, capping off a week where each day dealt a fresh blockbuster blow to the administration.

Trump said firing Comey relieved 'great pressure'