Trump's One-Word Answer To Whether He Told Comey To Stop Flynn Investigation...
Donald Trump had a one-word response when he was asked if it was true that he requested James Comey shut down the federal investigation into Mike Flynn: "No."
In a press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House Thursday, Trump offered his first public remarks on the allegation the former FBI Director made in a memo that was described to the New York Times.
"No," Trump said. "No. Next question."
Did Trump ask Comey to end his investigation?
"No," he tells reporter, "next question"
Trump reiterated that he believes he is the victim of a witch hunt after he was pressed for his reaction to the Department of Justice appointing a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the election.
"I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt," Trump said. "There is no collusion between, certainly myself, and my campaign. I can certainly speak for myself."
"I think it divides the country," he added of the investigation. "I can tell you that we want to bring this great country of ours together...Believe me, there is no collusion. Russia is fine, but whether it's Russia or anybody else, my first priority is the United States."
"Tomorrow as you know I'm going to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome...We have a lot of great things going on, so I hate to see anything that divides us. We have to get back to running this country really, really well.
"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people. I actually thought when I made that decision, and I got a strong recommendation from the deputy attorney general, but when I made that decision, I actually thought that would be a bipartisan decision."
Trump cited Comey's "poor, poor performance" from when he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey wrongly said Huma Abedin "forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information," and later had to correct it.
"I believe that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very, very strong letter. Then, on top of that, after the Wednesday performance, you had a person come after and readjust the record, which most people have never seen, because there were misstatements made."
"We need a great director at the FBI. I cherish the FBI. I'll be announcing that director very soon, I look forward to doing that, and I think the people in the FBI will be very very thrilled. We Look forward to getting this whole situation behind us."
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