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Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

Reports from the Washington Post and New York Times that Trump shared classified information with Russia's foreign minister and pressured Comey to end an inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been met with skepticism by Larsen and many other Trump supporters.

Trump also used Thursday's joint press conference with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to decry the FBI's investigation into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, describing it as a "witch hunt" and denouncing it for "dividing the country".

Trump also doubled down on his claim that investigations into his team's possible collusion with Russian Federation were a "witch hunt", while walking back some earlier criticism of Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the FBI's investigation.

Across town, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.

On the subject of the allegations - started in July 2016 by the Hillary Clinton campaign and embraced by Democrats and some of the media since her surprise defeat in November - that he and his campaign colluded with Russia, Trump said that "the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country". All have denied collusion in Russian efforts to skew the election.

"Everybody thinks so", Trump said.

"Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence-sharing, he said media have reported that "the secret" Trump told him was that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials". "I do this because I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for".

He leapt to make the point again at a joint news conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, describing the development as a distraction.

"They've just watched over the last 10 days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing and said it was result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch", pundit Charles Krauthammer said. "So we want to get back and keep on the track that we're on".

But Ms May said she remained confident, highlighting the need to co-operate with the USA and other allies to counter the security threats posed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda. He claimed that the FBI had spoiled its reputation in its investigations of the presidential campaigns in last year's elections.

The denials amount to Trump's most extensive, public response yet to the wave of negative reports aimed at the White House and members of the Trump administration.


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