White House Faces New Pressure on Comey, Russia

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President Trump told Russian officials last week that he had fired the "nut job" FBI Director James Comey in order to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, according to a report from The New York Times.

Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey who he fired May 9. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the readout of the document provided to the Times.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and called the investigation into his campaign the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

The Washington Post is reporting that a current senior White House adviser is under scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The White House did not deny the conversation took place, but said that the investigation into Russia's campaign influence operation had impeded the administration's ability to negotiate with Moscow on other matters.

In the remarks, Rosenstein also batted down news reports that Comey had ever requested more resources for the investigation, and said acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe could not recall such a request either.

The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing.

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At the same meeting, the The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Trump had given the Russians "highly classified information", which "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence" on ISIS that came from a key ally, which, according to later reports, was Israel.

Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election. "That's taken off", Trump told his guest in the Oval Office, the Times said, quoting notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a USA official.

News of the investigation broke shortly after The Washington Post reported that investigators are pursuing a senior White House official as a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation investigation.

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).

President Donald Trump's airplane had barely taken off for his first overseas trip when aides had to respond to a pair of reports that the president had bragged to Russian officials about firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and that a senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. This could implicate Jared Kushner, as he's the only senior White House advisor now known to have had contact with 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.

The Washington Post first reported the news.

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