On Wednesday, Mr. Trump’s meeting with Mr. Lavrov was listed on his schedule as “Closed Press,” meaning the news media would not have a chance to photograph or otherwise document the session, and no last-minute arrangements were made for such access.
When the pool was assembled unexpectedly, reporters thought they might catch a glimpse. But instead, they were allowed into the Oval Office for a few moments to cover another, previously undisclosed meeting: between Mr. Trump and Henry Kissinger, the Nixon administration secretary of state.
— Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Putin says ‘we have nothing to do with that’
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, apparently about to play in a hockey game, was asked by a CBS reporter how Mr. Comey’s firing would affect relations between Russia and the United States.
“There will be no effect,” Mr. Putin said. “We have nothing to do with that. President Trump is acting in accordance with his competences and in accordance with his law and Constitution.”
‘He was not doing a good job’
President Trump said on Wednesday that he had fired Mr. Comey “because he was not doing a good job.”
The president made the remarks to reporters during a brief Oval Office photo-op with Mr. Kissinger after Mr. Trump met with Mr. Lavrov.
Mr. Trump’s very brief comments to reporters were in response to a shouted question about his decision to fire Mr. Comey on Tuesday night.
— Michael D. Shear
McConnell addresses the Senate
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, addressed the Senate on Wednesday morning, largely sticking to the Republican party line and saying that partisan calls for a new investigation should not delay the “considerable work” already being conducted.
Watch his remarks here:
Pence says ‘it was the right decision at the right time’
Mr. Pence strongly defended Mr. Comey’s firing as sign of Mr. Trump’s solid leadership.
“Because of the president’s decisive action yesterday to restore the confidence and…