Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

The report is the latest revelation in the slow-motion auto crash unfurling at the White House, after Donald Trump reportedly shared highly classified information with Russian officials and allegedly pressured former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's ties with Russia.

"No. No. Next question", Trump replied during a press conference with the Colombian president when asked about the New York Times report that Comey had written a memo documenting the February 14 exchange.

Trump lashed out in the morning on Twitter at the news that the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation, calling the move a politically motivated "witch hunt" by his Democratic rivals.

Comey - whom Trump fired May 9 - wrote a memo memorializing a discussion with the president about Flynn and the FBI's investigation, two sources close to the former FBI director who had seen the memo confirmed to NPR.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said. "I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that many other things".

The previously undisclosed communication could become a subject of inquiry as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congress continue to investigate the Trump administration's increasingly troubling links to Russian Federation. "And that includes the President of the United States of America", Green said on the House floor.

"Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back", said one White House official.

So far, no evidence of collusion has been presented, but the question has consumed the first four months of Trump's presidency and spurred multiple crises that have left the White House shell-shocked. He has said at the point he left government, he had seen no such evidence to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation; but he told lawmakers that as a private citizen, he has no window into any of the ongoing congressional or federal probes. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Times that "no one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office".

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

Fighting back has consumed much of the political oxygen inside the White House, leaving Trump's agenda in doubt. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference. "I hope you can let this go", referring to the inquiry into Flynn's actions.

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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