Trump Told Russians He Fired 'Nut Job' Comey Because Of Investigation

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

Rosenstein reportedly was well received at the Congressional briefing from members of both sides of the aisle as he brought House members up to speed on the probe. However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.

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.

The people familiar with the matter said the probe has sharpened into something more fraught for the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department - particularly because of the public steps investigators know they now need to take. Comey's October 28, 2016 letter to the FBI announcing he was reopening the investigation "flouted rules and deeply ingrained traditions", and guaranteed some people would question the FBI's role in the U.S. presidential election, Rosenstein continued.

The person was said to be a White House adviser "close to the president", officials told the newspaper.

While there has been a loud public debate in recent days over the question of whether the president might have attempted to obstruct justice in his private dealings with Comey, who Trump fired last week, sources said investigators on the case are more focused on Russian influence operations and possible financial crimes.

Mr Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Reports have emerged that Mr Comey wrote a memo after a meeting with Mr Trump, where the US President was quoted as saying "I hope you can let this go".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.

On Thursday, Mr Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and denied allegations of collusion. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration".

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Department's involvement in that decision.

The move was dubbed "Nixonian" and has led to the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers to investigate the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation. But he added: "I haven't lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven't".

USA law enforcement uses the term "a person of interest" to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime.

Trump, who on Friday left for his first foreign trip, has slammed the appointment of a special counsel as a politically motivated "witch hunt".

Mr Trump has tried to put investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office behind him.

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