Trump requested Comey tell people he wasn't personally under investigation

Trump requested Comey tell people he wasn't personally under investigation

Trump requested Comey tell people he wasn't personally under investigation

When a reporter asked if Trump had ordered former FBI Director James Comey to close, or back down from, the bureau's investigation of former NSA Michael Flynn, the president impatiently shot back, "No. No".

Trump was speaking in a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.

Trump had earlier released a statement saying he looked forward to the matter being concluded "quickly", following Wednesday's appointment of ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the federal investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling.

"I respect the decision, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", the President said, adding there was no collusion between himself or his campaign with the Russians.

The US president took twitter in a late night tirade after he told graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy that no other politician has been treated more unfairly by the media.

Yet Flynn has remained in the spotlight as the FBI investigates his ties to the Russian government as well as his lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government during Trump's campaign. 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.

According to associates of Trump, the president has become mistrustful of many around him amid a spate of leaks about West Wing dysfunction.

"I do think there is a serious problem with leakers inside the administration and holdovers who can't stand the president and will do anything they can to hurt him".

Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, but he seems to be continuing to devolve on Twitter since Mueller's selection was announced. "The numbers are staggering, how successful the military has been", Trump said.

"I consider the question to be incorrect", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday when asked about the effect of a Trump impeachment on U.S.

The Times reported Trump is likely going to select a personal lawyer to defend him against the accusations that he and his campaign allegedly colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election season. However, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after the briefing that "everything he (Rosenstein) said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Thursday on the Senate floor.

"Comey was very unpopular", Trump said.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation.

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.

Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said at a news conference, "No, no", before ordering the media to move on to the "next question".

Reactions from Congress to Mueller's appointment were mainly positive, even though Republicans had dismissed an independent outside investigation as unnecessary and duplicative of what congressional committees already are doing.