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

Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation


At the time of his ouster, Comey was overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Asked to comment on the prospects of future relations with the United States should President Donald Trump be impeached, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called the question "incorrect".

Asked whether he pressured the FBI to close its investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - as was reported earlier this week - President Donald Trump flatly said he had not.

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.

Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"Well, I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said when asked about the investigation.

President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation
Today marked the first time since the appointment of a special counsel that Trump publicly addressed Comey's firing and the subsequent news of a memo written by the ex-FBI director.

"But he also felt that he could not refuse a presidential invitation, particularly not one that went to a broad array of law enforcement leadership". He is a good guy.

However, Trump told NBC News last week that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of what the Justice Department said.

"In the light of a very busy news week, a lot of people would like to get to the bottom of a couple of things - give you a chance to go on record here".

But once again Mr. Trump went into deep denial that he had ever said any such thing to Mr. Comey.

President Trump delivers remarks during a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House on Thursday.

Some doubt whether Trump, a businessman-turned politician who never held elective office before becoming president in January, is ready for a smooth presidential debut overseas. After the White House put out a subdued statement on Wednesday night about former FBI Director Robert Mueller being named special counsel, Trump publicly vented on Thursday morning about the new probe. After Comey's testimony in 2007, Mueller's notes were subpoenaed by Congress as a way of verifying the account (which Bush and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez offer a differing version of).

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