McMaster: Trump's FBI Comments to Russians Were Aimed at Cooperation

Alejandro Massey
May 22, 2017

On Friday, media outlets that revealed that Trump had called sacked FBI Director James Comey a "crazy nut job" said the story was based on an insider who read out minutes of the Oval Office meeting to them - an astonishing breach that suggests even Trump's own inner circle is concerned about his actions.

The President also dismissed reports that he demanded loyalty pledge from former FBI Director James Comey at a private dinner.Trump responded saying, "No, I didn't but I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the U.S.is important".

U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday. "You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense [and] intent is hard to prove", the source told CNN.

Separately, new reports emerged that law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a "significant person of interest, " sparking of intense speculation on social media on who it could be.

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The conversations, discovered during intelligence intercepts, alarmed the Obama White House so much that there was a "five alarm fire" regarding Flynn, and the Obama administration limited sharing of information with him during the transition when he was penciled in for National Security Advisor.

CNN reported on Saturday that, according to a source, Comey believes that Trump tried to sway his judgment regarding the Russian Federation probe, however, even if this assertion came through in his testimony, it's not clear whether such influence would amount to obstruction of justice, as the burden of proof is quite high.

"The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russian Federation to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news", H.R. McMaster said in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation. The California Democrat said public hearings should ferret out what has been a flurry of apparently contradictory comments by numerous parties involved. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". This, as there's now word Congress may soon hear from Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstsein wrote a letter on Wednesday tasking Mueller with investigating links 'between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump'.

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