The move was dubbed "Nixonian" and has led to the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers to investigate the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said the next day, according to a document summarizing the meeting shared with the Times by a USA government official.
On the same day The Washington Post reported that a current senior White House adviser described as a "significant person of interest" is under scrutiny as part of the probe investigating possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Trump's alleged pressure on Comey - denied by the White House - has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice. The individual was described by the paper as a senior adviser who is close to the president, but the Post's sources would not further identify them.
The survey was being conducted at the same time that revelations surfaced Comey circulated a memo at the Bureau that Trump asked him to back off of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Democrats who had questioned his integrity for his role in the Comey firing praised him broadly late Wednesday for naming a special prosecutor.
A number of lawmakers said Rosenstein also told them that Comey hadn't asked for more resources for the Russian Federation investigation before he was sacked as some reports had indicated. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations", Sean Spicer said in a statement. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump is quoted as saying, according to the document. He also said that "the Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision, later calling Comey a "showboat", a "grandstander", and a "real nut job".
Wittes, who was raised Jewish and attended religious day school, dished about Comey's discomfort with Trump's attempts to court him and pressure him into shutting down investigations into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation.
Mr Rosenstein said, although he was personally fond of Mr Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".
The news said the documents that included the president's comments were based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and have been circulated as the official account of the May 10 meeting. At that same May 10 meeting, Trump revealed to the Russians highly classified intelligence on ISIS that the USA had not even shared with close allies.
But Comey is an exception, and several congressional committees have been jockeying to get him to testify publicly to explain why President Donald Trump fired him and about his previous interactions with the president. "I hope you can let this go", Trump allegedly said. "I stand by it", he said. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
While not confirmed by the White House, this plan of action would be a major attempt to weaken the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with foreign actors.