A senior White House official close to President Donald Trump is now a "significant person of interest" in the FBI's investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, according to a new report. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to an official summary of the meeting that a USA official read to The Times.
The news of a potential cover-up investigation came just hours after the Washington Post reported that an official now working in the Trump administration who is close to the president is a "significant person of interest" in the investigation.
"If the election had been on October 27th, I would be your president", Clinton said earlier this month, referring to Mr Comey's statement on October 28th that a fresh investigation involving emails sent to the disgraced former husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin had been opened.
What's more, it now appears this investigation has expanded to involve an individual who currently holds a senior post within the White House, not just an ex-aide (Michael Flynn) or campaign official (Paul Manafort).
The reports come as the President leaves for his first foreign trip. "He was insane, a real nut job".
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Warning that leaks were undermining national security, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: "By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".
According to a third government official briefed on the matter, the president was simply using the topic of Comey as a negotiating tactic with the Russians.
Critics accused the president of trying to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. election and any Moscow ties to Trump associates.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday announced that the probe would now be helmed by special counsel Robert Mueller, himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. It took place the day after the Comey firing. (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.