Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Trump wants Flynn back


Trump spoke alongside Colombian President Juan Santos - though the progress made during a work session at the White House between representatives of the two countries took a back seat to the wave of political controversies blanketing the Trump administration. Mueller on Wednesday evening was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election and related issues.

Throughout a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump repeated multiple times his claim that there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation during the campaign.

President Donald Trump flatly denied Thursday that he ever urged ex-FBI Director James Comey to back off or close the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Trump also boasted of what he saw as the "tremendous success" of his presidency.

Although Flynn didn't specify how he received that message from Trump, it plays into the larger scandal involving Trump allegedly asking Comey to "let this go", in reference to the ongoing FBI investigation into Flynn. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference.

Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him — NY Times
Another conversation took place two days later, between Flynn's lawyer and lawyers from Trump's transition team. He also pledged to never stop fighting for the people and issues that are important to the country's future.

"Believe me, there's no collusion", the president continued.

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.

White House officials and Republicans close to the administration say Trump, who campaigned on an "America First" slogan, wants to demonstrate leadership overseas on his visit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Israel and the West Bank, the pope at the Vatican, North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders in Brussels and Group of Seven counterparts in Sicily.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt". Mr Comey, a diligent and generally well-respected Federal Bureau of Investigation director during his tenure, was known to write memos and disseminate them to his friends and allies in and out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he encountered situations that he thought were inappropriate. The FBI is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

After an April 25 dinner, Trump reportedly sent Flynn as message encouraging him to "stay strong" in the face mounting legal pressure. But the fact he even got the job in the first place is more puzzling in the wake of a bombshell report published by the New York Times on Wednesday - a report that might also shed light on the Trump administration's reluctance to turn over documents to the Intelligence Committee. Joe Lieberman was among the finalists.

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