Report comes as leaked account suggests Donald Trump called James Comey ‘a real nut job’ after firing him from position as head of the FBI
The FBI investigation into ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials has reached the White House, according to a damaging new report on Friday.
The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter. The individual is described as someone who is “close to the president”.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the report, saying simply: “As the president has stated before – a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity.”
The news came just days after former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Trump, his ties to Russia and Russia’s role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment. “We’re not making any comments on the Russia investigation.”
The news broke minutes after Air Force One departed Joint Base Andrews for Riyadh, Trump’s first stop on his inaugural international trip as president.
And the development came minutes after a New York Times report that revealed previously undisclosed details of Trump’s controversial Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, which occurred one day after the president fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election.
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to a New York Times story, citing a document that was read to the paper by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia….