Trump branded Comey 'nut job' as investigation points at White House

The new line of inquiry reportedly began after revelations that Trump allegedly attempted to persuade former FBI Director James Comey into ending an investigation into Flynn, according to a Comey memo detailing a conversation he had with the president.

President Donald Trump reportedly told two Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting that removing "nut job" James Comey from his post as Federal Bureau of Investigation director alleviated "great pressure" for him.

As for the separate report of a "person of interest" under investigation, the Post said the senior White House adviser "under scrutiny" is someone close to the president but did not name the person. And now it transpires that Donald Trump told two Russian diplomats that James Comey is a "nut job" he had to get rid of, apparently because he had a odd interest in Russians.

The White House did not deny the Post's report but responded that no collusion happened between Russian Federation and the campaign.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". The White House has said the firing was unrelated to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Comey's abrupt sacking by President Donald Trump triggered a political firestorm with an angry opposition calling for an appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged Russian influence in last year's general elections.

The first one involves President Trump's conversation with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador during their visit to the White House this month. The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple congressional committees.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Comey is expected to speak before the committee after May 29 - the end of Congress's Memorial Day break. "I thought he belonged in an institution. That's taken off... I'm not under investigation".

In the briefing, Rosenstein stressed that his memo criticizing Comey was not meant to be a finding of official misconduct or a "statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination". "I don't believe it'll have an impact on us at all".

During a separate briefing on Thursday, Rosenstein said that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation has been reclassified from a counterintelligence inquiry to a criminal probe, according to Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Trump has called the furore since he fired Comey a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no contact between his campaign and Russian Federation. Rubio asked. "There's no doubt that that's the questions that are going to get asked, and asked repeatedly".

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