Donald Trump told Russians James Comey a 'nut job'

Rosenstein briefed all 100 senators late Thursday on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News last week that he had chose to fire Comey "regardless of the recommendation" from the Justice Department. "I think it divides the country".

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo", Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing.

"Bob Mueller doesn't have, for example, the same broader responsibility to get into the kind of financial entanglements that I have especially focused on", Wyden said. "He was insane, a real nut job", the Times reported that Trump said during the May 10 meeting.

They also grilled him yesterday on the timeline of his controversial memo that Trump used as a rationale for sacking Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week, with two senators saying Rosenstein acknowledged he knew before writing his brief that the president was going to fire Comey.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

He went on to say, "believe me there's no collusion, Russian Federation is fine.my total priority is the United States of America".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by the memo he wrote bluntly criticizing FBI Director James Comey.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.

"After my 10th day on my new job in Washington, D.C., a friend sent me a text message that said, 'You need to get out of there!'" Rosenstein said.

It was Trump's first time taking questions since his Justice Department named a special counsel to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said Rosenstein was asked about the timeline of Comey's firing and essentially replied, "Let the record speak for itself".

The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

Mr Trump himself later said that he had already made the decision to fire Mr Comey when the Rosenstein memo arrived.

Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"This shuts the whole thing down", said one Republican source, speaking on Congressional efforts to investigate Comey's discussions with Trump.

His appointment, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was a striking shift for the Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly insistent calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Democratic senators had been prepared to press him to appoint a special prosecutor, and his decision defused their complaints, leading to praise instead.

Still, he said he believed that Comey "made his decisions in good faith".

But Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke yesterday, allowed his resentment to burst forth overnight in angry morning tweets.

The selection of Mueller, a taciturn former federal prosecutor who led the FBI through the September 11 attacks, received bipartisan embrace.

"He's a man of integrity and if he wrote in a memo that something happened, it happened, I believe that 100 percent", he declared.

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