Trump’s terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Comey alleging that Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February.
That explanation lasted until the next day, when Donald Trump agreed to give an interview and immediately firebombed his own PR team by admitting that he had chose to fire Comey before ever bringing Rosenstein and AG Jefferson Sessions to the White House. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had also warned the White House that Mr Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian extortion almost three weeks before he stepped down. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump said, according to a report based on a summary of the meeting obtained by the Times.
Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.
“If I’m Bob Mueller, I’m looking at the Jim Comey memo as part of my investigation: Was there an attempt to obstruct?” It was created to provide cover.
The Times claimed Trump’s comments were recorded in a document summarizing the meeting that was read to the newspaper by an unnamed American official.
The summary was drawn from a formal account of last week’s meeting, which was attended by Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak – a man at the centre of numerous controversial contacts between the Trump campaign and senior Russian officials.
At the same time, Trump is under scrutiny for allegedly asking James Comey, former FBI director just fired by Trump, to halt an investigation into the relations between former Trump’s national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.
Reports of a memo said to have been written by Comey details the former FBI director’s discomfort during a meeting with the president in which he asked Comey to “let it go” in regards to the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
On Wednesday night, for just a moment, Donald Trump acted like the sane president he will never be.
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.
In meetings behind closed doors with politicians on Thursday and Friday, Mr Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Mr Trump told him one day before the 9 May sacking that he wanted to dismiss Mr Comey.
Defending his decision to sack Comey, he said the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was “very unpopular” among many people.
The key takeaway from these latest blockbuster stories – there have been so many this week it’s hard to keep count – is there’s now further evidence of Mr Trump’s intent to dismiss FBI Director James Comey because of his handling of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
At the start of another roller-coaster week in Washington, Trump was accused of divulging highly sensitive classified information gleaned by Israeli spies to visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “In this administration, we see that the agenda seems to be completely derailed by the desire to fight this and push back on the story”. The news marks the latest in a series of reasons the Trump administration has given for firing Comey. Rosenstein denounced that as “profoundly wrong and unfair”. Laying aside the fact that Spicer is also connecting Comey’s firing to the Russian Federation investigation, which only makes the obstruction suspicions stronger, if the White House wanted less “grandstanding” and more investigating why did it oppose the appointment of a special counsel?
The president has defended the firing of Comey as justified and denied pressuring him to end the Flynn probe. Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign a year ago.