Donald Trump, the President of the United States, reportedly told Russian officials during a recent visit he hosted in the Oval Office, that firing "nut job" FBI director James Comey had "eased great pressure" on him concerning investigations of his campaign's ties to Russia.
Mr. Trump met with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak on May 11, just one day after he fired Comey.
The explosive story was reported a short while ago by the New York Times.
That story broke just a few minutes after Trump lifted off for his first overseas trip as president, heading first for Saudi Arabia.
Analysts are suggesting that the agenda for his multi-nation trip will now be completely overshadowed by this and other breaking stories relating to the links between his presidential campaign last year and Russian influences.
Almost at the same time that New York Times story was breaking, the Washington Post also published a story, saying highly placed sources had disclosed that a current high level White House official is a person of interest in the ongoing investigation.
In the wake of the firing of Comey, who had been leading the investigations into the Trump campaign-Russian connection, Robery Mueller, a former FBI Director, has been appointed Special Counsel to take charge of the investigations of that and related matters.