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

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation


While taking questions at a Thursday afternoon joint press conference between President Trump and Colombian President Michael Santos, Trump flat out denied that he requested former FBI Director James Comey to end the ongoing investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "So poor, in fact, that I believe...that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very, very strong letter".

As Washington buzzes with talk of possible impeachment after a special counsel was appointed to investigate alleged links between Trump's election campaign and Russia, officials in Moscow are fretting that the tycoon-turned-politician will be so engulfed by political crises at home that he'll have no chance to form a normal working relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Press leaks, including to Fox News, later established that Comey had written a memo to himself detailing at least one encounter with Trump where the president had suggested he would like to see any investigation of Flynn ended.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero". Many lawmakers from both parties welcomed the appointment of Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a way to restore confidence in government institutions and bring order to the probe.

Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina, the panel's chairman, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, said the committee will continue its own investigation and "engage with Director Mueller" on any potential conflicts.

"When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision".

The president's frustration has been building since he abruptly fired Comey.

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But a report in the New York Times this week that Trump allegedly asked Comey to end the investigation undercut the president's rationale and has led to accusations from some in Congress that Trump was attempting to obstruct justice. "When I made that decision I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad thing about Director Comey".

Michael Flynn at the White House on February 1.

Trump called the multiple inquiries into Russian meddling in the USA election a "witch hunt" that's unnecessarily dividing the country. "I hope you can let this go". "We have to get back to running this country really, really well".

He added, "When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey".

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