Friday, May 19, 2017

Reports: Trump bragged to Russians about firing 'nut job' Comey; probe expands to potential coverup

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 4:24 PM

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Donald Trump may be gone from Washington, but forgotten? No chance. Today's grabber from the New York Times:

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
It gets better/worse. Asked to respond to the report, press secretary Sean Spicer is quoted by CNN:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not refute the Times story but said it was Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russia investigation that put pressure on the administration's ability to engage Moscow.

"The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people," Spicer said in a statement to CNN. "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia."
Must not investigate Russia.

And, finally, the crime is the leak, says Spicer.

But maybe other things are worth looking at as well. Reports McClatchy:

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


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