New York Times reported Friday that President Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him.
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job… I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Trump said.
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The said meeting between Trump and the Russian Officials came just one day after Comey was fired.
In a statement to CNN, press secretary Sean Spicer did not refute the Times story. Trump said that “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia.”
“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.”
“The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people,” Spicer added.
Trump’s move to fire former FBI Director Comey lead to some Democrats calling for his impeachment. Trump has said that “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people,” and he was surprised by the hypocrisy displayed.
“When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision. Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such terrible things about Director Comey.”