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. Suppose these leaks are just to pull people’s chains. Perhaps it’s being done on purpose to make the media look bad for reporting anonymous, unverifiable leaks.

    Is he still controlling the conversation to a degree? I suspect yes. It seems deliberate, to me. I am not convinced he speaks impulsively.

    P.S. I am no Trump supporter.

        • Unfortunately, “defending” has become a way of life in DC. That’s why it’s called The Swamp. How can we break our President? Not, what can we do to help our country, no matter who is President.
          Deeply saddening.

    • When I hear a reporter defend his story because he was “told by a close friend” who said he was told by a good friend who “had actually seen the memos” the rules of journalism have been completely ignored, causing mistrust that will last longer than the fairy tail. The American people rely on news organizations reporting news, not rumors or what someone told them was news. Rachel Maddox, Chris Matthews, Anderson “sleepyhead” Cooper are not news!

  2. To date no evidence just “a source told me”. Two weeks after the election Maxine Waters calling for impeachment. Adam Schiff everyday in the news, he reads some classified documents and shuts his mouth. The Dems hate Comey, Trump fires him and suddenly the Dems love Comey. There is EVIDENCE of someone leaking information they should not have and unmasking US citizens, no one seems to care. Fienstein and others say there is no evidence. A Special Investigation Is named and I’ve noticed a number of accusers are going quiet, I wonder why?? This thing just may backfire on those calling “The Russians, The Russians are coming”. Let’s all step back and let Mueller do his job and let President Trump do what the electorate voted him to do. If he’s guilty then he must face the penalty, if he’s innocent many here must stop with the hatred and move on and he’s accusers should be dealt harshly. This is my question are the Dems running the Media or is the Media running the Dems and I wish the GOP would grow a set of “nads”. I sure wouldn’t want them watching my back.

  3. “Lawyers, Guns And Money”

    Well, I went home with the waitress
    The way I always do
    How was I to know
    She was with the Russians, too

    I was gambling in Havana
    I took a little risk
    Send lawyers, guns and money
    Dad, get me out of this

    I’m the innocent bystander
    Somehow I got stuck
    Between the rock and the hard place
    And I’m down on my luck
    And I’m down on my luck
    And I’m down on my luck

    Now I’m hiding in Honduras
    I’m a desperate man
    Send lawyers, guns and money
    The shit has hit the fan!

    – Warren Zevon

  4. JT,

    I’m sure you know the interesting fact of English & the meaning of Slaughter & Laughter , just one letter.

    I’m racing towards the backside of life as you, which are you promoting? I know what I’m promoting, Laughter.

    Careful please if you would yelling fire on this blog.

  5. We’ll see what does or not comes\ out with Trump.

    One thing though that has been established: the DNC is utterly corrupt.

    • BOTH wings of the Property Party are corrupt, and Mueller is not exactly the most unbiased or even fair-minded servant.

      From J. EDNA Hoover to the criminal agents in the Boston office, the F.B.I.’s mission is to cover-up and run interference for the PTB.

    • She’s not giving up! Organizing a PAC, my God has this woman not gotten the message? 2008 was her time, but Obama won. Hillary as President? DONE!

        • Good! Pence is 57. In Presidential campaigns he’s a child. I’m glad Trump chose him. Without this exposure the country would never have known who he was. Ergo, Pence stays if Trump goes for a second term. That would make Pence 63. A two-term Presidency and he’s 71. He’s always very near Trump. So we see Trump, we see Pence. He’s across the table whenever Trump has a sit-down meeting. Loves, no adores his wife; as a couple they look great. I hope I can vote for him.

          • Do you not know anything about his record as Indiana governor? Start with his triggering an HIV epidemic.

            He’s a christofascist and he’s even more terrifying a prospect than Trump because he’s not insane.

            Plus, he calls his wife “mother.” That’s NEVER a good sign.

  6. Reblogged this on Welcome to My Corner Here on Word Press and commented:
    I have been working away at http://www.thedailyoutsider.com as I finished a Notation On the Iranian Elections–and as I am listening to coverage from the BBC Farsi Service–this is President Trump has gone to the Middle East and as the controversy continues onward–Some in the “Alt-Right” Media have been questioning it–It is bound to be interesting as I finish off these for this week-end edition of “Thought 4 the Week” on what has been quite an interesting week…..

  7. TRUMP’S MOUTH, WAS ALWAYS GOING TO GET HIM.!!
    HE CAN’T KEEP IT SHUT.
    AND NOBODY, HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO TELL HIM THAT.
    GO PENCE.!!!!’ Someone who knows how the wheels turn and can speak ENGLISH.!!

    • “Republicans who are reflexively defending the self-inflicted wounds of this president have no need for him with Mike Pence in the wings,” Erick Erickson wrote on Wednesday on his conservative blog, The Resurgent.

  8. it is what the liberals call “free speech”. and a lot less damaging to what the democrats said about him after the Clinton e mail scandal especially the second time around.GO TRUMP.

  9. “Nut Job Comey gets his new forever name.” – Scott Adams

    Where is the basis in ‘fact’? Do we get our ‘facts’ from NYT reporting?

    The NYT reported that Comey had asked for massive new funding for the Russian investigation before he was fired. The next day this story was completely debunked as false. The story relied yet again on unnamed and anonymous sources.

    What is the evidence that Russia hacked the DNC servers? The word of a private sector IT company that worked for Hillary Clinton. They won’t let the FBI look at the server. We have nothing else to go on but the word of this discredited private sector IT company. Why won’t the DNC allow the FBI to examine the server?

    Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and a thumb drive is likely the Wiki Leaks informer – not Russian hackers.

    Was Comey’s memo a private note to his own file? Where was Comey’s ‘memo to file’ kept? At home? On the secure FBI server? If not verifiable in the secure electronic system, we can have no certainty of when it was written.

    Comey testified in May under oath that there was no pressure to shut down any investigations.

    If there has been any obstruction, take a closer look at Comey’s history and how through his entire term as FBI director he has abetted senior Democrats keeping many of them out of prison.

    The real Russian collusion: Obama “I’ll have more flexibility after my election.” Clinton’s Uranium One deal. Podesta’s ties to Putin.

    Both establishments are anti-Trump. The Republicans are the same as the Democrats.

    Ask the Witch-hunters: Where is evidence? Or is this a fact-free conspiracy?

    Nut jobs, Witch-hunters and Anonymous sources….Oh my. The evidence is under-whelming.

    Go Trump.

      • Obama was the most disgusting thing that could have happened to the US, however , with the current state of the democrat party he may not be the most disgusting nominee who comes from the democrat party or the establishment republicans

    • Take a look at Trump bowing to receive a golden necklace on the front page of a real newspaper. You can cherry pick your way to believing Trump is a big boy, but he remains a spoilt brat who has met his match. Hopefully America will soon say, Donald, you’re impeached.

      • Saw it. Technically it was a bow – in order to have a medal hung around his neck. He wasn’t bowing for nothing like Obama. When they go low, we stand upright (unless receiving a medal of honor 😉

        • Trump fits in better in Saudi Arabia. He lives a lifestyle similar to the Saudi Kings. They have multiple wives and flashy money.

      • And the news media can cherry pick which photo to plaster all over their front pages and mag covers that will be the most detrimental or unflattering to Trump.

      • Many would argue Obama deserved to be impeached, but that wouldn’t have been good for the country and it didn’t happen. Same is true now. Impeachment is never good for the country. Eight years of Obama’s scandals and not one special counsel. Why was that do you suppose?

        • TBob

          There is absolutely no comparison between Obama and Trump. Obama is a hundred times the man that Trump is. Obama weathered eight years, six with a traitorous Republican Congress majority and then the rest with both the Congress and Senate blocking everything. Obama stood virtually alone and did more for this country by stopping the bleeding caused by the Three Stooges and stabilizing. The good things that are happening now and will be for at least another year or so are directly the result of Obama’s policies: low unemployment, rising wages, etc. Obama made mistakes and over stepped his Presidential position, however, he did nothing remotely approaching impeachment. The bad things like gutting the EPA and embarrassing the US is Trump’s doing. Trump has started his Presidency with a full boat: Congress-Republican, Senate-Republican, Democrats-dissarray. And, he is squandering it all because he is mentally unbalanced. Trump is teetering on the edge in less than four months and it is getting worse. The best thing that can happen to this country is to tear off the bandage, cut out the cancer, get rid of him asap and replace him with Pence or someone who has an even keel. Trump never had it, doesn’t have it, and certainly doesn’t look like he will have it. The man’s a buffoon. He proves that on almost a daily basis.

            • TBob, issac is right? Please. Unemployment numbers are fuzzy. Lots of folks working two part-time jobs to earn what one job used to. Obama lied to the American people and mucked up the best system of health care in the world. Obama should have been impeached, but his color made that impossible. The things you think are bad, we conservatives applaud. The EPA threatened property owners. There are stories of property owners denied ability to improve and build by EPA. They finally gave up, after losing thousands in court. Oh, and the IRS, “I found out from the news, just like you” but never did anything about it. The Keystone and Dakota pipelines, lots of full-time jobs were created. President Trump is doing what his voters voted for.

              • Yeah, he’s right. Isaac is not going to be convinced otherwise. He thinks what he thinks and knows what he knows and he’s right just because it is his opinion and his perspective. I’m right too for the same reasons. So are you. 😉

          • Isaac,…
            Obama had a Democratic House and Senate for the first two years, as you said.
            The Democrats lost the House in the 2010 election, but the Democrats retained control of the Senate until 2014, six years into the Obama administration.

            • Mitch McConnell

              “It doesn’t matter if it’s good for America, if it comes from the White House, we will oppose it.” In so many words, on film, many times more than once, holding America ransom for power. That is treason. You can nit pick all you want, those elected to represent the best interests of the people, represent the best interests of themselves and their handlers, the oligarchs. I think we can all agree that the system is dysfunctional, not what was intended, an oligarchy, and simply disgusting. The US has the least democratic system of government of all western nations. Trump called it, and has done nothing but take America further into the swamp: gutting the EPA, relaxing restrictions on banks, nepotism as never seen before, going backwards against proven reforms, obstruction, etc. It would be one thing if Trump was intelligent and there was some sort of method to his madness, but Trump is incompetent, inept, stupid, and can’t keep his mouth shut. Trump could go a lot further if he just kept his mouth shut and his fingers off of the tweeter. Some things you can argue and some things are beyond argument.

              • Isaac,….
                I don’t have all weekend to point out all of your lies….
                Like Obama had 6 years of “a traitirous Republican majority”.
                When it is a FACT that the Democrats controlled the Senate for all but two years of the Obama administration, pointing that out is not nitpicking.
                Must have been a traitorous Senate majority leader. Harry Reidwho led a “traitorous Congress” for SIX years, not two years as you claim.
                If you want to make a point, try doing without lying, then deflecting that it’s “nitpicking” when you’re called on it.

        • Sandi

          ‘Has any other President received this?’ No, because no President until now is so full of himself to want ‘Bling’. This is perfect. It doesn’t matter if Jared arranged this or the Saudis simply knew Trump would wet himself. This is the perfect comment on the superior people playing to the native’s awe at trinkets and stuff. ‘We’ll make him an honorary Grand Mufti, yup.’ Trump’s valet for decades, his man’s man told reporters that Trump would have him precede Trump before Trump entered a room to see that everyone stood up on his entry. This mutt was born that way.

          • If Isaac can ignore the fact that Obama had a Democratic Senate majority for 6 years, then I guess it’s easy for him to ignore the fact that the Saudis gave Obama the same Order of King Abdulaziz medal in June 2009.
            The sky’s the limit when it comes to Isaac conveniently ignoring/ mistating facts.
            Guess he feels justified doing so to make a point.

            • Need filibuster proof majority and Dinos like Manchin, McCaskill, etc. there was never a chance but keep spewing your lies there are plenty of idiots on this site who believe you

              • Ynot…,
                Anything over 50% is a majority.
                The GOP currently holds 52 of the 100 Senate seats.
                No filibuster proof majority, but
                it is inaccurate to say that there is a “Democratic-controlled Congress because the majority party has under 60 Senators.

          • ” Obama’s ties with Saudi Arabia? ..Solid Gold”-
            David Alexander, Reuters, June 3, 2009
            Covers the Order of King Abdulaziz medal present to Obama.
            Also refers to the Jan.2008 presentation of the medal to Bush 43.
            The Daily Mail has the same date coverage (June 3, 2009) coverage of the Obama medal, but with larger and better pictures.
            The one with all of the bigger glossy pictures would be good for Isaac.

      • Do you have pictures of “Dem women” in scarfs?

        If so, then carry on and do what you propose.

        Is it really that difficult to create propaganda?

        Waiting for your efforts.

          • RWNJ were aghast when Michelle O showed up with bare arms nor did she wear a head cover. Any google search would prove you wrong but reality is not part of your world nor is fairness.

    • Obama does! Remember his favorite line when confronted with questions about all the scandals in his administration: “I learned about it from the news reports just like everybody else.”

      • Seems to be the refrain of the Trump WH but is always best to ignore reality if you are a RWNJ. Too many facts get on the way of a good smear. BTW, why did Trump refuse to condemn Islamic terrorists or whatever the phrase is?

        • Don’t let too many facts get in the way of a good smear?

          You are absolutely correct. How about this one: CNN reporting that “someone with knowledge of Comey’s thinking” says blah blah blah. Would you call that 1. reporting? or 2. fact-based? or 3. laughable? or 4. example of a good propaganda smear?

  10. Ya know Trump supporters, there’s a saying that says that if you’re digging yourself a hole and its to deep, quit digging. Let the chips fall as they may, But please stop with the ……BUT…..BUT…. Hillary….BUT ….Obama. Lets see if Trump can sit in front of his peers for 12 hours and not crack. Lets see if Trump can take everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him and take it with style and class. Be Americans first and lets see where this is all going. Party over country is not the way Americans should act. Oh I know, you’ll say I’m putting party over country just with my statement, but it happens to be true. Let the chips fall as they may, but maybe some of you should stop digging first and listen to the facts as they are now. Most of the facts are from Trump himself.

    • You’re right. I believe in putting country above party politics, absolutely. I do not blindly support Trump and believe Trump is infallible – far from it. But I believe in what he is trying to do. And I believe the liberal media bias and double standard needs to be exposed over and over again, hence the Obama, Hillary comparisons.

    • “…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”

      – Mein Kampf

      It would “…never come into their heads…,” the heads of American voters, that the DNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PMSNBC, AP et al. could or would “…fabricate colossal untruths…” and clamoring for the appointment of a “stable, dependable and trustworthy” former federal official to conduct an investigation of nothing, AKA, a “witch hunt,” under the condition of a full and complete dearth of probable cause.

      Madness reigns as the inmates have taken over the asylum.

  11. America just completed an 8-year debacle under the ineligible son of a foreign citizen with zealous, adverse foreign allegiances (i.e. nuclear bombs to Iran – destabilizing illegal alien invasion).

    To wit,

    Definition of “Natural Born Citizen” established as a presidential requirement in the Jay/Washington letter of July, 1787:

    Law of Nations, 1758
    Book 1, Chpt. 19
    Section 212

    “…in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country,”

    and Professor Turley is “concerned” about candid and congenial discussions with a potential military adversary by the quintessential “America first,” patriotic President.

    Many would consider it a bad idea for a foreign citizen’s son to preside over a country and a good idea to befriend any country with the power to destroy you.

    P.S. Russia is no longer communist and engages in the same collectivist/free enterprise hybrid “economy” as America. Perhaps the remaining difference in the two countries is that in Russia, journalists are killed for criticizing the government, and in Ameirca, “sources” are killed for leaking the facts (i.e. Seth Rich).

    Vive le difference, eh?

    • America just completed an 8-year debacle under the ineligible son of a foreign citizen with zealous, adverse foreign allegiances (i.e. nuclear bombs to Iran – destabilizing illegal alien invasion).

      He was born in Honolulu. His mother was a citizen. His citizenship is not in question.

      • Never understood the fuss about where Obama was born. His mother was a citizen. Children born to American citizens out of the country are automatically citizens too.

    • We don’t get information from the news outlets about what has been done. Simply removing lots of Executive Orders has been worth our votes.

  12. George, don’t you have to go somewhere and clean your pretty white sheets for your next meeting? Or put on your nice armband and burn some books? Did someone take your coloring books away from you and now George is mad? Trump said is was going to drain the swamp, and you’re coming from the muck and filth. Go back and sit in your own excrement and read your copy of Mein Kampf.

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