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'No. No. Next question': Trump's terse Federal Bureau of Investigation denial

'No. No. Next question': Trump's terse Federal Bureau of Investigation denial

"Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way shape or form, to close or back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?".

Asked if he thought he had committed a crime or impeachable offense, the president said "it's totally ridiculous, everyone thinks so".

President Trump in the joint press conference emphasized that Colombia is a key partner in the war against drugs.

It was reported Tuesday that Comey has written records of his conversations and interactions with Trump.

"I don't think very many people take that very seriously", McCain told reporters, as quoted by the Washington Examiner.

But Mr Trump said the issue was dividing an already polarised nation.

The president repeated his denial of involvement with Russia during Thursday's press conference, saying, "There's been no collusion between certainly myself - and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".

The Department of Justice finally bowed to Democratic demands this week and named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to the Russian probe. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about director Comey", he said.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

Trump, including one in which the president allegedly asked him to drop a probe of Flynn.

So far Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) has actively called for Trump's impeachment on the House floor. Another report, in The Washington Post, that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats in a meeting in the Oval Office last week has amplified concerns about the president's dealings with Moscow.

The Mueller appointment will, at least temporarily, relieve some of the pressure on congressional Republicans who've publicly complained that the constant drama and serial controversies at the White House were hindering their ability to work on their policy agenda.

Another beneficiary may be Rosenstein, who was criticised for doing the White House's bidding after a memo he wrote criticising Comey's handling of the Clinton email probe previous year emerged as a justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's dismissal.

The campaign on Thursday said that it generated US$314,000 online, mostly through small donations.

Pressure has built on Trump since he fired FBI chief James Comey last week amid an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the USA electoral process.

Mr Trump is leaving on Friday for his first foreign trip as US President, which aides hope can have the effect of refocusing a White House in disarray.


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