Comey 'a real nut job,' Trump told Russians; Rosenstein stands by memo

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling

Comey 'a real nut job,' Trump told Russians; Rosenstein stands by memo

The leaders of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence announced Friday night that Comey has accepted their invitation to testify in an open session.

James Comey, the former FBI director whose firing by U.S. President Donald Trump last week triggered an uproar, will testify about his experiences with Trump and the FBI's investigation into Russia-Trump ties, lawmakers said on May 19. The Times account also noted that the President observed that "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

The Russian government has posted an embarrassing video clip showing Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and a European official chortling about President Donald Trump "passing secrets" to Russians. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it". The Times said its source was a US official, reading from a document summarizing Trump's meeting last week with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador. "I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election", said Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va.

Trump told Holt that he called Comey multiple times and asked him whether he was under investigation. USA intelligence agencies all believe that the Russian government conducted covert operations to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

"As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in response to the story.

The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

This comes as the actions of a current White House official are under investigation.

The Inquisitr reported last week that Trump admitted in an interview with Lester Holt on NBC that his decision to fire Comey was influenced by ongoing FBI investigation into his alleged questionable ties with Russian Federation.

Comey agreed on Friday to testify before the intelligence panel, which is conducting an investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

White House hopes that Trump could leave scandalous allegations at home were crushed in a one-two punch of revelations that landed shortly after his departure. These claims would supply an innocent motive to the firing, though Trump's loyalty demands and his alleged request that Comey lay off his former national security adviser have caused many to suspect an improper and possibly criminal motivation, even before Friday's startling developments. "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.

"Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem", CNN reported.

That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.

Mr Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticising Mr Comey.

On the other hand, Fox News anchor and former defense attorney Gregg Jarrett points to another possible conflict of interest Mueller may have: his past working relationship with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Jim Comey - the man President Trump fired just two weeks ago.

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