Trump Reportedly Told Russians That Comey Is ‘A Real Nut Job’
'I faced great pressure because of Russia,' Trump told Russian officials, according to a document of the meeting. 'That's taken off.'
President Donald Trump reportedly called former FBI Director James Comey “a real nut job” in a White House meeting with Russian officials earlier this month, saying that firing Comey lifted “great pressure” on him.
Trump spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about Comey’s dismissal, according to a Friday story from The New York Times, which reported on a White House document summarizing the May 10 meeting.
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to The Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” He added: “I’m not under investigation.”
The document, which was read to The Times by a U.S. official, is based on notes from within the White House and has been billed as the definitive account of the meeting.
Comey, who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, was fired from his post on May 9. Trump has recently denied any connection between himself and Russia, and has repeatedly said he did not ask Comey to drop the investigation.
Even though the White House’s rationale for Comey’s termination has been in a constant state of flux, Trump’s reported statements seem to strengthen the assertion that he acted based on concern about Comey and the FBI’s Russia investigation.