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Reports: Investigation has Trump adviser under scrutiny; president told Russians about firing 'nut job' Comey

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 19, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

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President Donald Trump, followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrives for their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May, 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2:30 P.M. UPDATE:

The Washington Post is reporting that a current senior White House adviser is under scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The newspaper is citing unidentified people familiar with the investigation. The adviser under scrutiny is not named but described as someone close to Trump.

The Post said the revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more open and active phase, with investigators conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.

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.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

2:25 P.M. UPDATE:

The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing the "nut job" FBI director had relieved "great pressure" on him.

The newspaper cited the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting. It said one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

Friday's report quoted Trump calling ousted FBI Director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job." It said the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

Trump met with the Russians on May 10, the day after he fired Comey.

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mrcharles says... May 19, 2017 at 4:23 p.m.

Very believable, and you Ruskies better believe that Comey was a nut job, as POTUS sure knows about what is required for a nut job.

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ARMNAR says... May 19, 2017 at 4:23 p.m.

The President has all the class and dignity of a corn-studded turd...minus the intellect.

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RBear says... May 19, 2017 at 5:54 p.m.

This just keeps getting crazier by the hour, as noted by the time updates provided by the D-G. 120 days and this administration is in chaos. Only a dumba$$ Trumpster would think otherwise. Gotten tired of giving any leeway on this any more. Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, and Bush 44 were never this crazy all combined.
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New reports are that his staff is now leaking the details to try to get his attention since apparently the only thing he actually listens to is fake news. My guess is that that any agenda is pretty much on hold while he goes off the deep end. Next up, talking to the paintings on the wall.

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ARMNAR says... May 19, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.

This gets better by the hour.

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gohogs17 says... May 19, 2017 at 6:52 p.m.

The crazies are you guys.

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Shearload says... May 19, 2017 at 9:02 p.m.

Either Trump has no clue or he is already planning to resign.

Why is it so important to him to reassure the Russians that he can and will give them aid and comfort? Why does he think he has to do so publicly, knowing that he was being recorded and the record would be made public?

Honor is a total mystery to this man.

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RBear says... May 21, 2017 at 12:24 p.m.

Gohogs, once again a lot of rhetoric and never substance. Seeing a trend here.

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