Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 07:02

The person in question is a senior advisor in the White House and is close to the president, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

"This surprised me because I had always thought well of Rosenstein", Wittes recalls, adding that Comey did not appear "enthusiastic". Neither is a part of the current administration. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing. Kushner also has acknowledged that he met with the head of a Russian development bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been under US sanctions since July 2014.

Benjamn Wittes, who runs a blog called Lawfare and describes himself as a Comey confidant, shared an extensive readout on his site Thursday of what he says Comey told him about his relationship with Trump.

In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.

The White House document that contained Mr. Trump's comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting.

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I know who I am". "Because I think it's important to clear your mind and get ready for preparation [on Saturday]". However, the multiple altercations in Game 3 may be the biggest story coming out of the Wizards blowout win.

The then-FBI director was "determined" not to do so, said Wittes. But since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, Mueller will answer to Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

Normally, a special counsel like Mueller would answer to the Attorney General. Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller will enjoy certain protections against removal by Rosenstein. But lawmakers at both congressional sessions expressed frustration that Rosenstein would say little in answer to their questions about his actions - or others' - before Comey's firing. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today". I've read all the stuff, I read the stuff you wrote.

The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment of a special counsel, a prosecutor with wide authority to investigate Russia's interference and other potential crimes uncovered. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

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