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Trump: Firing Former Westporter Comey 'Eased Pressure' Of Russia Probe

James Comey Photo Credit: File
President Donald Trump Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

President Donald Trump said firing former Westport resident James Comey eased "great pressure" from the ongoing probe of collusion with Russia, according to a story published Friday by the New York Times.

Trump told Russian officials during their controversial May 10 meeting that Comey was "crazy, a real nut job," according to the New York Times

The meeting occurred one day after Trump fired Comey. At the same meeting, Trump disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation to the Russians.

The statements came from a White House document summarizing comments made during the Oval Office meeting, and the White House has not disputed their accuracy.

Trump's firing of Comey has stirred up controversy. The White House initially said Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of the Justice Department only for Trump to say it was over Comey's investigation into Russia's potential meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Last week, a memo from Comey claimed Trump asked him to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post is reporting a senior White House official close to Trump is a "person of interest" in the Russia probe.

Earlier this year, Comey and his wife sold their Westport estate — at a loss. They got $2.475 million for the property, which is $575,000 less than they paid for it.

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