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Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Eased 'Great Pressure'

President Trump told Russian officials who visited the Oval Office that ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey "was insane, a real nut job" and that canning him took "great pressure" off of him, a new report said Friday.

Last week, Donald Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak into the Oval Office - at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser and decried a "witch hunt" against him. Because neither Trump nor the White House want to say - or think it is politic to say - the real reason why Trump fired Comey: Because he didn't like him.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation", he said.

The summary was drawn from a formal account of last week's meeting, which was attended by Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak - a man at the centre of numerous controversial contacts between the Trump campaign and senior Russian officials.

The Times report added to the impression given by Trump himself in a television interview last week in which he said that the Russian Federation issue was a factor in firing Comey, although the White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal. They said the probe will likely accelerate in the coming weeks, and while a current Trump official is under scrutiny, investigators are more focused on former Trump advisers and aides, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But Comey has declined to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which also extended him an invitation to testify, according to that committee's chairman and ranking member. But he has also mentioned Comey's Russian Federation probe as a factor in his firing. Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Comey has told associates, Trump asked for his loyalty.

"No. No. Next question", said Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R. -S.C., said he was "surprised" former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Separately, The Washington Post reports that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. According to the Washington Post, Rosenstein told lawmakers he already knew Comey was going to be fired before he wrote the memo-though he said the firing "was appropriate".

At this point, Trump would be far better served offering a real defense of himself rather than tying all of this to some deep-state conspiracy to make him look bad.

Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". "But I trust Mueller", Durbin added.

Trump fired Comey last week after a recommendation from the Justice Department, which cited Comey's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. With the appointment of Robert Mueller by the U.S. Justice Department as special counsel to lead the Russian investigation, the unfolding drama is showing no signs of slowing down.



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