Trump denies urging former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop Flynn inquiry

Jane Richards
May 19, 2017

He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's foreign contacts and payments. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions.

The President also described Comey as "very unpopular with most people", and said he was surprised that there wasn't bipartisan support for Comey's ouster. "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", Trump said.

"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he maintained.

Early on Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that he believed he was a victim to "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

President Trump in the joint press conference emphasized that Colombia is a key partner in the war against drugs. Trump allegedly told him during a White House meeting that "I hope you can let this go", referring to the investigation.

Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Mr Lavrov said he did not understand what the "secret" was, since the United States introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.

The news that Trump wants to bring Flynn back to the White House isn't shocking, at least relative to what we've come to expect from Trump. "We have to get back to running this country really, really well". "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

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 White House was already reeling from the allegation that Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, the revelation that the president may have inadvertently passed sensitive intelligence to two top Russian officials in the Oval Office and a suggestion he made that he might be secretly recording his conversations.

Mr. Trump called his meeting with Santos "productive", as he said future meetings will be.

Other reports by VgToday

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER