The contents of President Donald Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomats last week have started to make their way into the public eye.
On Friday, The New York Times reported that during the May 10 meeting, Trump bragged to Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about firing Comey, whom he called a “nut job.”
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump apparently said. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” He added, “I’m not under investigation” shortly thereafter.
A source cited as “an American official” read the quotes from a document containing a summary of the meeting.
A second government official “confirmed the broad outlines of the conversation.” The quotes came from the official summary of the meeting, which was taken from firsthand notes. In a statement to the Times, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the authenticity of the story:
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”