National Security

Trump Bragged to the Russians About Firing James Comey

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The New York Times reported this afternoon that Trump discussed his decision to fire James Comey during his oval office meeting with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

Documents revealed to the Times also show that Trump referred to Comey as a "nut job."

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”

The White House has not disputed the Times report and, the way I see it, they can't dispute it. The White House can't deny or dispute Trump's words because the transcript is out there and many more people, including some members of Congress, have seen it now. Moreover, the Russians also have a transcript of the meeting and could easily expose it.

Not coincidentally, the photo at the top of this post was also taken by the Russians. It's among the only photos we have of their meeting because no members of the American press were allowed into the room.

In related news, the Washington Post also reported this evening that the investigation has reached the White House and now includes someone very close to Trump.

The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.

A senior adviser who is "close" to Trump?

My money is on Jared Kushner. And that's not even a stretch. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Kushner's dealings with a Russian state bank are being scrutinized.

At the very least, Donald Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice. He has made that very clear.

  • katanahamon

    There must be a certain gene that allows right wingers to accuse Hillary of fictitious bullshit, yet ignore actual criminal behavior of Rump and friends. Hypocrisy isn’t even an adequate term to cover it. All the above, plus Trey Gowdy probably stepping in for Chaffetz is utterly nauseating. The disrespect they all showed for President Obama, and the disrespect they show for the office of president is just so disheartening and depressing.

  • muselet

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” –variously (and wrongly) attributed

    Don’t know why that came to mind, reading about Donald Trump bragging to the Russians.

    As for the “senior White House adviser under scrutiny,” yeah, it’s Jared Kushner. Nobody else I can think of fits the description.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    That picture makes me sick. He makes me sick. I have my issues with what Comey did during the campaign but I would never disrespect the man like that.
    How does the GOP actually stomach this gigantic turd?

  • Aynwrong

    Trump calling anyone a “nut job” is beyond rich.

    I’m more and more convinced that the only thing protecting us from the government become a wholly owned and operated Russian satelite state is Trump’s mammoth and the incessant media coverage that it generates. If he ever truly attempts to reward Russia that’s exactly what it would look like. Rewarding their espionage against us. The coverage would justifiably be apocalyptic.

    That particular picture of Trump is the one that catches me because he looks like such a (to borrow one of your aphorisms JM) a smirking schmuck. A guy who has just been made a complete fool of in the most obvious way and has absolutely no idea.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The term “Trump voter” should/may/deserves to be turned into a euphemism for a sucker or rube.

    “He paid how much for that? Man, what a Trump voter!”

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