The New York Times now reports that during a visit to the White House, Donald Trump told top Russian diplomats that he fired former FBI Director James Comey to take away the “great pressure” of the FBI’s Russian investigation.
The report stems from a White House document containing notes taken during Trump’s May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.
“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.”
Trump was also quick to reassure his masters, stating “I’m not under investigation.”
The meeting took place just one day after Trump fired Comey.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account, saying in written statement:
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Once again the Trump administration tries to avoid talking about Russia by throwing out tired old distractions like “who’s leaking information?” It’s almost as though Trump cared about illegal leaks when the Russians were hacking Hillary Clinton and other Democrats during the election.
Despite Trump’s adamant denials, he continues to incriminate himself every day new gaffs and earlier statements just coming to light.
I feel that deep down inside Trump wants a way out of this job, and he’d like nothing more than for Congress to “unfairly” impeach him so he can blame everyone else for his failed presidency, and make a lot of money off of his idiot supporters in the aftermath.