President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied ever asking FBI Director James Comey to back off his agency's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"No", Trump told a reporter during a joint press conference with his Colombian counterpart, before trying to shut down the line of inquiry with this: "Next question".

The President was also asked for his response to the Justice Department appointment of special counsel to handle the Russian Federation investigation.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who had previously led the investigation, was sacked by Trump on May 9.

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!"

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

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.

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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".

Trump said his administration was committed to cutting the flow of drugs into the United States.

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. Trump repeated that he felt the probe was akin to a "witch hunt" during the Thursday press conference.

The Daily Beast also reports that some of Trump's advisers have assured him that he "absolutely should not" consider giving Flynn another role in the White House. "The FBI has not had that special reputation [after] what happened in the campaign; what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign - and even, you could say, directly or indirectly, with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign".

President Trump watches as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs at the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. On Wednesday, the president reportedly interviewed four candidates for Comey's former position at the White House.

"I think it is totally ridiculous", he began.

Trump said the issue is dividing the country and he wanted to get to work running the country. Later, though, Trump told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" and was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

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