President Donald Trump told a Russian official in the Oval Office that firing former FBI Director James Comey relieved "great pressure" Trump said he was facing "because of Russia", The New York Times reported Friday. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official.
A current White House official is "under scrutiny" in the federal investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA election, the Washington Post reported Friday.
The investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is now looking into a possible cover-up, according to McClatchy. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document.
The remarks will likely dampen Democratic accusations that Trump fired Comey because he wanted to stymie the FBI's investigation into interference by Russian Federation and any collusion with Trump's campaign.
The reports come as the President leaves for his first foreign trip. If that's the case, it's only a matter of time before subpoenas are issued and the entire administration adopts a bunker mentality.
"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said in a statement to the newspaper.
However, he made clear he did not intend for Mr Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Mr Comey, which is what they have done.
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.
You might have thought it was a bad idea for President Trump to meet with Russian officials the morning after he fired the FBI director leading an investigation into possible collusion with Russia. The official claims that Trump simply used the topic to segue into creating a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov regarding Syria, Ukraine and other issues by bringing up the fact that Russia interfering in the United States election caused him great political strife. The date has not yet been scheduled, but is expected to take place next month.