Transcript for New York Times reports that Trump said firing Comey relieved 'great pressure' from him
president trump tonight. Breaking news on what he told the Russians inside his office, the day after he fired James Comey at the FBI. Tonight, the "New York Times" reporting the president said I just fired the head of the FBI. He was a nut job. The "Times" reporting the president said I faced great pressure because of Russia, that's taken O jonath Jonathan Karl on how the white house is responding tonight. Reporter: As president trump boarded air force one for his first overseas trip, another shoe in the Russia story was about to drop. The "New York Times" is reporting the president boasted about his decision to the Russian officials in the oval office. I just fired the head of the FBI, the president told them, according to the "Times." He was crazy. A real nut job. And photos were captured by a photographer by the Russian government, allowed in the room. Trump has acknowledged Russia was on his mind when he fired the FBI director. I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with trump and Russia is a made-up story. Reporter: The day after, the president told the officials, I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off. Adding, I'm not under investigation. In the same meeting, trump also shared sensitive intelligence with the Russians. All of this sets the stage for an upcoming showdown with Comey. The president claims Comey assured him he was not under investigation, but Comey has told associates that's not true. And also that trump asked him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn. Did you urge Comey to close or back down the investigation into Michael Flynn? No. No. Next question. Reporter: Sources close to Comey say the former FBI director kept meticulous notes, including about a dinner where he say the president asked him to pledge his loyalty. Comey was summoned to meet with the president, but tried to blend in with the curtains. It was like, almost like a chameleon, camouflage against the wall. Reporte but the president spotted him. He's become more famous than me. Comey was disgusted by the episode. He thought it was an intentional attempt to compromise him in public. Jon, with us live. The white house tonight, and this was significant today, is not disputing this conversation between president trump and the Russians in the oval office. Reporter: They are not denying it. They're not confirming it either. But Sean spicer has responded with a lengthy statement that condemns Comey, criticizing him for hurting relations with Russia. Spicer says, the president has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia. By grandstanding, Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. Jon, our thanks to you. In the meantime, the white house also dealing with another bombshell tonight. ABC news has learned that in the
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