WASHINGTON ― A pair of bombshell reports on Friday threaten to overshadow President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip and further embroil his administration and presidency in scandal.
The New York Times reported Trump told Russian officials that he felt “great pressure because of Russia” that he said was taken off when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Minutes later, the Washington Post reported that investigators are looking at a close Trump adviser as part of their probe into possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Trump met with Russian officials on May 10 after firing Comey the evening before. At the meeting, Trump told them he was not under investigation and bashed Comey, the Times reported.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to notes of the meeting read to the Times.
Trump and the White House have repeatedly contradicted themselves over the reasoning for Comey’s firing, which took place as he led a probe into Russian influence into the U.S. election and potential ties to his campaign. The New York Times report is further evidence that Trump fired the FBI director at least in part to end the investigation ― something that’s only served to bring more attention to it.
The White House did not refute the Times’ report, but press secretary Sean Spicer said it wasn’t the “real story.” Read full story