New York Times: Trump Told Russians Comey Was “Nut Job” and His Firing Took Pressure Off Russian Investigation

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThe New York Times is reporting (and the White House has reportedly confirmed) that President Donald Trump made some truly disturbing comments in his controversial meeting with the Russians.  Not only did Trump call former FBI Director James Comey “a real nut job” but told the Russians that the firing has taken pressure off of him in terms of Russia.  The leaked summary will fuel the allegations that Trump fired Comey to try to shutdown the Russian investigation to relieve pressure on himself.  While I have discussed my skepticism over the evidence of an actual crime by the President, Trump appears committed to leaving the greatest incriminating impression possible in such meeting.

The leaked summary quotes Trump in statements to Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.  He is quoted as saying “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job . . .  I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”  He reportedly added “I’m not under investigation.”

It is rather humorous that Trump would think that he had to tell the Russians about the firing which was not only all over the news and virtually all of the coverage was discussing the Russian connection.

It is not clear who would leak this summary.  The most interesting thought is that, with the demands from Congress and likely demand from the new Special Counsel, this summary was going to be demanded (and likely revealed).  The fact that the leak was on Friday (when insiders tend to leak bad news at the worst time of the news cycle) raises the question of whether this was a preemptive leak.  Otherwise, it would be another example of executive branch employees actively working to expose what they view as disturbing conduct or comments from this President.

One person who is likely to react as negatively as Comey would be the new Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is not the type of guy who likes to hear of a president dishing dirt on the FBI director to two Russians in a meeting where only the state-run Tass media outfit was allowed (to the exclusion of American media).

If true, the comments are obviously quite bizarre and embarrassing. Again there is only one guy who must be enjoying this immensely:

117 thoughts on “New York Times: Trump Told Russians Comey Was “Nut Job” and His Firing Took Pressure Off Russian Investigation

  1. What about those little details? Great article by Matt Taibibi:
    “When James Comey was fired last week, I didn’t know what to think, because so much of this story is still hidden from view.

    Certainly firing an FBI director who has announced the existence of an investigation targeting your campaign is going to be improper in almost every case. And in his post-firing rants about tapes and loyalty, President Trump validated every criticism of him as an impetuous, unstable, unfit executive who additionally is ignorant of the law and lunges for authoritarian solutions in a crisis.

    But it’s our job in the media to be bothered by little details, and the strange timeline of the Trump-Russia investigation qualifies as a conspicuous loose end.

    What exactly is the FBI investigating? Why was it kept secret from other intelligence chiefs, if that’s what happened? That matters, if we’re trying to gauge what happened last week.”

    “what’s at the heart of that case? Why can’t we be told what’s going on? Operational secrecy would be a believable excuse, were it not for the fact that so much else has been leaked. Intelligence sources even appeared to give up their ability to capture Russian officials celebrating Trump’s election win. If something like that can be leaked, and if even foreign governments can be told about “leverages of pressure” Russia allegedly has on Trump, it stands to reason that the American public should have heard what’s behind the Trump-Russia investigation by now.”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-how-did-russiagate-start-w482262

    • The burgeoning prosecution-of-nothing against President Trump proves that Kafka was NOT paranoid.

      The demolican-republicrat, “deep state,” “Intel,” “ruling class,” “shadow governmetn” that killed JFK, MLK,

      RFK, allowed 9/11 to play out, perpetrated the subprime mortgage crisis and swindled the taxpayer to bail

      itself out with “too big to fail” funding will not allow the swamp to be drained easily.

      • George, you mean Dodd-Frank. It created small banks to help borrowers who wouldn’t get a mortgage otherwise. So people bought houses way over their ability to pay. When they couldn’t pay, they went into foreclosure. Many just left without trying to sell and banks became sellers, often selling for less than the remaining mortgages. The rules attached to Dodd-Frank put small banks out of business.

  2. Here’s some fun!

    Comey’s dad said this about Trump, CNN “reports”!

    “I think the man should be in a home quite honestly, he’s crazy as a hoot.”

    • So you’re saying the “instability” runs in the family?

      (A word to the wise – referencing CNN gives you away as a nut job).

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