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President Trump called James Comey 'crazy, a real nut job' during meeting with Russian officials: New York Times

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Russian officials at the White House that firing FBI Director James Comey relieved "great pressure" the president was facing from an ongoing probe into Russia and the U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing a document summarizing the meeting.

"I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document read to it by a U.S. official. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

The Times said the document was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the accuracy of the Times' account.

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(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Eric Beech)

Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey

  • Elizabeth Warren
    But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
  • Senator Tim Kaine
    Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
  • John Kasich
    Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey
  • John McCain
    Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election
  • Preet Bharara
    EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of…
  • Senator Bob Casey
    This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
  • Adam Schiff
    Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore…
  • Chuck Schumer
    First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
  • Chuck Schumer
    If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
  • Brian Schatz
    We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
  • Gov. Mike Huckabee
    Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
  • Senator Roy Blunt
    My statement on James Comey
  • Kyle Griffin
    Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings".
  • Dustin Volz
    LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian."
  • NBC News
    Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp…
  • Trey Gowdy
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  • Jen Psaki
    This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
  • Richard Burr
    I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
  • Justin Amash
    My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of…
  • JohnCornyn
    Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
  • Sen. Susan Collins
    U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics
  • Chris Van Hollen
    Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

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