Hitting special counsel, Trump calls Russian Federation probe historic 'witch hunt'


The New York Times published a report Thursday detailing the strained relationship between former F.B.I director James Comey and narcissistic toddler President Donald Trump and painting a pretty clear picture of Trump's attempt to wheedle his way into Comey's affections. "He was insane, a real nut job".

Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution fellow, said that in the infamous meeting earlier this year in which Trump attempted to hug Comey - calling the Federal Bureau of Investigation official "more famous than me" - the latter believed he'd been purposely compromised in public. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document.

The Times reports that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the version of events.

In a statement Mr Spicer said Mr Comey's pursuit of the probe had harmed Mr Trump's ability to deal with Russian Federation over issues including Syria and Ukraine. According to Wittes, Comey was particularly wary about appearing to be too close to the Trump administration following his role in the Clinton email investigations.

"Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations, he added".

They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on the Islamic State militant group with Russia's foreign minister. The deputy attorney general then reports to the US president.

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"Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader", Rosenstein said in prepared remarks for appearances before House and Senate lawmakers that were released Friday by the Justice Department. But the question remained whether anyone now serving in the White House would be implicated in the investigation.

Trump's early morning tweet storm comes day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the the agency's Russian Federation investigation, a decision the president appeared to accept after it was announced.

Comey, who has not spoken publicly in the 10 days since he was sacked, will testify in an open session of a U.S. Senate committee investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump would be making a mistake to start a rhetorical war with the new investigator. The report didn't name the senior adviser.

"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story", the President admitted.

Between February and this week, national news outlets have reported on communications between administration members and Russian officials.