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Trump Wants Michael Flynn Back in White House

Trump Wants Michael Flynn Back in White House

"Did you at any time urge former FBI director James Comey in any way shape or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?". He denied this as well.

In the memo, which ABC News has not seen, Comey wrote that he was asked by the president to let the Flynn probe go in February.

Yet while Trump's communications staff had pinned the decision to fire Comey on Rosenstein's recommendation in the days following Comey's abrupt ouster last week, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt two days after Comey's firing Trump acknowledged that he "was going to fire" the Federal Bureau of Investigation director "regardless of recommendation".

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

He said that he thinks the appointment of a special counsel "divides the country". "I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein".

Afterwards, Republican senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". But his reputation has come under fierce attack in the past week over the memo he wrote about Comey.

Flynn, who failed to disclose that he spoke with Russian Federation regarding sanctions while Obama was still in office, is a key component in multiple investigations into the Trump campaign's relationship with one of the nation's greatest adversaries.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".

"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".

He joked that some U.S. media were acting like communist newspapers in the former Soviet Union and not offering real news.

Trump and the White House initially said that he'd chose to fire Comey on Rosenstein's advice, before walking that back some, with the president acknowledging he'd already made that decision. It cited two people briefed on the call.

Comey told Trump he should not contact him directly about FBI investigations but follow procedure and have the White House counsel ask the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, the Times reported.

But Rosenstein's appointment of a special prosecutor jeopardizes the chances that Comey will testify before Congress, something several committees have requested, including the House Oversight Committee, which asked Comey to appear next week.


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