Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

President Donald Trump on Thursday categorically denied pressuring former FBI director James Comey to end the FBI's investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump was speaking in a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.

Respected former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been selected as special counsel to oversee the investigation into any ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and if Trump's own personal lawyer is part of those being investigated, a new one who isn't involved is necessary.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump responded during his first press conference since Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe. "Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have".

Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race.

The Justice Department recently appointed a special prosecutor to head the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. This week came reports that the president had shared highly classified information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, revealed by those with knowledge of the conversation.

President Trump watches as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs at the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017.

Trump and the White House initially said that he'd chose to fire Comey on Rosenstein's advice, before walking that back some, with the president acknowledging he'd already made that decision. Trump allegedly told him during a White House meeting that "I hope you can let this go", referring to the investigation.

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Mere days later, Rosenstein penned the memo condemning Comey that President Trump used as justification for his firing. That means this investigation is going to continue, unless a concerted conspiracy to obstruct justice is afoot.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the probe, briefed United States senators on Thursday.

Trump's presidency appears hijacked by the USA obsession with Russian Federation, one senior Kremlin official said.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump called Comey weeks after he took office on January 20 and asked him when federal authorities were going to say Trump was not under investigation. Rosenstein said the Mueller appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

There's no question that Trump's adversaries within the federal government (and externally, namely Russia) are leaking a barrage of stories (both real and fake), to discredit and eventually topple his fragile presidency.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked USA news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

Congressional committees in the House and the Senate are also conducting investigations.

Even after Flynn's February 13 dismissal, Trump maintained that Flynn did nothing wrong by speaking to Kislyak, claiming he fired Flynn only because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian communications.

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