Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russian Federation links 'hurts USA terribly'

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"One of those occurred at the White House on January 22, just two days after Mr. Trump was sworn in".

While there has been a loud public debate in recent days over the question of whether the president might have attempted to obstruct justice in his private dealings with FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired last week, people familiar with the matter said investigators on the case are more focused on Russian influence operations and possible financial crimes.

President Donald Trump reportedly Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the country's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak that Comey was "crazy, a real nutjob" during a meeting in the Oval Office on May 10, one day after Comey was sacked, according to the New York Times.

It is most likely that Comey will testify before Congress about his meetings and interactions with Trump and also on the Moscow's meddling in U.S. Presidential election and the links of Trump campaign officials with Russian officials.

This has added potency to allegations that Mr Trump, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, was seeking to block the investigation by sacking FBI chief James Comey.

Mr. Trump added, "I'm not under investigation".

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The White House said at the time that Comey was sacked based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

There has been more bad, breaking news for President Donald Trump in the ongoing story about his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and its possible coordination with Russian Federation: investigators have now identified a high-up administration official as a "significant person of interest", the Washington Post reports.

Key targets of the investigation until now have reportedly included former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and also former Trump campaign honcho Paul Manafort, two people who were part of Trump's campaign but are not currently part of the administration. Mr. Trump has denied making the request.

The conversation, during a May 10 meeting - the day after he fired Mr. Comey - reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.

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Rod Rosenstein said he was not pres sured into writing a contro versial memo.

Wittes also wrote of the now-infamous January 22 hug incident between Trump and Comey. Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort are central figures in the federal Russian Federation probe, and former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page's ties with Russian Federation are also under investigation.

In a pair of morning Twitter posts and at a later news conference, the Republican president described calls by some on the left for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

That would surely include Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

A very important question just got even more massively important now that the FBI's investigation has found its way into the White House. The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mueller was signed, said a senior White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly by name and commented only on condition of anonymity. Rosenstein wrote a justification for Comey's firing that few people now believe.

On Wednesday, Trump had said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly" than himself.

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