Trump denies ever urging Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Trump denies ever urging Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Trump is certain to face a barrage of questions unrelated to their meeting, after reports this week that the White House was aware former national security adviser Michael Flynn was under investigation before the president's inauguration, that Mr. Trump possibly revealed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that fired FBI Director James Comey said in a memo that Mr. Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn.

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

The poll found that a 50 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump's decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, while only 36 percent approved of the move. The FBI is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

Trump's tweets signal his White House - or at least the man in charge - will try to resist Mueller's investigation, meaning the shadow of that probe will now hang over a White House in need of a morale boost. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points. I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.

Trump's presidency appears hijacked by the USA obsession with Russian Federation, one senior Kremlin official said.

"I think it's totally ridiculous", he said.

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US Republicans rallied behind President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a day after new revelations claimed the president had sought to interfere in an FBI investigation.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well", Trump said.

Trump then spoke at length about his decision to fire Comey and indicated he thought it would be a more popular decision among Democrats.

But Trump, speaking in the East Room of the White House during a joint press conference alongside the visiting Colombian president, said while he respected the move by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, "the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

Trump said his administration was committed to cutting the flow of drugs into the United States. Trump said he acted because Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, "wasn't doing a good job" leading the agency, calling him a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

He added "there is clearly a lot of politics being played" and continued: "There's been a lot of reporting lately, I think that requires close examination. You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

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