Two members of the Trump campaign and transition team with reported ties to Russian Federation - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chair Paul Manafort - are not current White House officials, meaning the Post reporting has identified a new connection.
The White House did not deny the Post's report but responded that no collusion happened between Russian Federation and the campaign.
"I think you have one of the worst representatives of all the representatives in the USA", he said, while also labeling Graham "a disgrace" and, yes, a "nut job".
As for the Times report, Corke reported that the White House is saying that the real story is not the content of the leaked conversations, but the fact that someone in the White House or intelligence community is leaking classified conversations.
Watch the full report above. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
He said Trump's Oval Office comments amounted to "pretty clear evidence" that his "motive in firing Comey was to obstruct justice".
Mr. Spicer, traveling with the president, didn't directly address those allegations, saying in his statement: "As the President has stated before-a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". A third official characterized Trump's remarks similarly to the Times, suggesting that Trump was trying to use a negotiating tactic to wring concessions out of Russian Federation. The White House initially said that Comey was sacked following the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but Trump undercut that account in an interview on May 11 when he said he was going to fire Comey regardless of what Rosenstein suggested because the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was a "showboat".
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The national unemployment rate is at 4.4 percent, awfully close to full employment. That's an 18.2 percent increase from a year ago during the same period.
Attorney Nick Akerman, an assistant special prosecutor during Watergate, said building an obstruction case "comes down to intent".
Ric Spooner, a market strategist at CMC Markets, said: "While investors will be relieved that yesterday's selling looks unlikely to be repeated today, it's too early to assume yesterday was a one-day wonder". Here it's so much easier.
Setting his sights firmly on Hillary Clinton, Trump generally had more positive things to say about Clinton's Democratic primary challenger.
And there's more trouble for the White House on the horizon.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Wednesday appointed Mueller to lead the new iteration of the investigation, reportedly said the conversation where Trump asked Comey to back off of the Flynn investigation had moved the probe into new directions.
"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President".
The sources added, however, that overall the investigation is still focused on people who previously worked with the Trump campaign and administration but are not part of it now - namely former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.