Trump denies asking Comey to stop Flynn probe

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

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.

President Trump met with his legal team Thursday, a day after the announcement that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would serve as the special counsel in the ongoing Russian Federation probe, according to Politico.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Wednesday made the surprise decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian probe, yesterday directly contradicted Trump's claim that his memo outlining Comey's failings was a reason for Comey's ouster last week.

"I hope you can let this go", Mr Trump told Mr Comey the day after Mr Flynn resigned, according to the memo.

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.

"Then he had the very poor performance on Wednesday".

That statement was a reference to DOJ's clean-up duty on the Huma Abedin statements.

Huma Abedin has been by Mrs Clinton's side for almost 20 years and is her most trusted adviser. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey", Trump said.

"I believe that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very very strong letter", he said.

"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".

'Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side that were saying such awful things about Director Comey, ' Trump said. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will lead that investigation.

He later reiterated: "There was no collusion, and everybody - even my enemies have said, there is no collusion".

Trump had earlier in the morning lashed out on Twitter at the news of the special prosecutor, calling the move a politically motivated "witch hunt" by his Democratic rivals. We're going to have a director who is going to be outstanding, ' Trump vowed.

Trump also asserted Thursday that the FBI's "special reputation" had been damaged with "what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign".

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