Russian FM Says Did Not Discuss Firing FBI Chief With Trump

New York Times report reported that Trump told Russian officials that firing Comey relieved 'great pressure'; Lavrov: 'We did not touch this issue at all'

FILE PHOTO: James Comey speaks alongside outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller at the White House in Washington, 2013.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday he had not discussed the firing of the former FBI Director James Comey with U.S. President Donald Trump, Interfax news agency reported.

"We did not touch this issue at all," Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying.

The New York Times has reported that Trump told Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at a White House meeting last week that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" the president faced from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Comey, who had been in charge of the investigation, was fired by Trump on May 9.

Trump on Thursday denied asking Comey to drop the probe into links between Russia and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and decried a "witch hunt" against him.