Trump told the Russians in the Oval Office that Comey was ‘a real nut job’
A U.S. official in possession of a transcript of this month’s meeting between President Trump and those Russian assholes has shared interesting tidbits with The New York Times, including how POTUS bragged about axing James Comey.
“I just fired the head of the FBI,” Trump told Sergeis Sisylak and Lavrov inside the Oval Office. “He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off. I’m not under investigation.”
Sean Spicer did not deny his boss said as much. Rather, the press secretary attempted to interpret Trump’s statement for NYT. The FBI director’s investigation into the Trump-Russia affair was getting in the way of the White House’s conducting diplomacy, Spicer explained. Diplomacy, that is, with a hostile foreign nation-state that launched a cyberattack onto the U.S. and France.
The May 10 get-together was quite a productive meeting, considering POTUS also found time to declassify top-secret intel to the Russians, a cavalier attempt at salon chatter which resulted in endangering the life of an Israeli spy. But the exchange revealed Friday piles on yet more evidence to reveal why Trump fired Comey. It wasn’t because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo saying Comey made a bunch of boo boos in the Clinton email probe. Trump fired Comey for the very same reason he told NBC News’s Lester Holt on May 11. “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump said. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 11, 2017
The transcript from the May 10 meeting, authored by notetakers in the Oval, was distributed to members of the National Security Council, who all reportedly and understandably freaked out.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: The White House issued a statement in response to the NYT story and has admitted that the reason for firing Comey was directly related to his investigation into the Trump-Russia affair:
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. 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.
[photo: Russian Foreign Ministry]