WASHINGTON — President Trump never told the Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to sources with transcript document summarizing the meeting.
The conversation which took place during a May 10 meeting, a day after Mr. Comey was fired — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the way Mr. Comey handled himself during the 2016 presidential elections. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, that he had lost confidence in him.
The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was not based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has not been circulated as the official account of the meeting. An official at the Oval Office did not read quotations to The Times, and the account has not been confirmed.