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Trump Denies Asking Ex-FBI Director Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

Trump Denies Asking Ex-FBI Director Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

President Donald Trump listens to questions from the media as he meets with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in the Oval Office on May 18, 2017.

This was different than the version of events he told NBC News' Lester Holt last week. "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things".

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

U.S. President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser and decried a "witch hunt" against him.

Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein knew James B. Comey was about to be fired before writing his scathing memo to President Trump about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, senators said Thursday.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham took it a step further, saying that the Justice Department's look into the Trump campaign's possible Russian Federation ties is "now considered a criminal investigation".

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"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill told reporters, according to Fox News.

In a pair of Thursday morning tweets, Trump asked why no special counsel was appointed for what he called "all of the illegal acts" of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration.

The White House says an investigation will prove there was no collusion.

"And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team".

The man tasked with investigating possible meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election - a probe that will likely encompass President Trump's recent firing of FBI Director James Comey - once called Comey "one of the finest people I've ever met".

Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".


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