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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:43

President Donald Trump on Thursday categorically denied pressuring former FBI director James Comey to end the FBI's investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

According to the Times, it was Flynn himself who revealed the information to Trump's transition team in early January.

Trump fired Comey last week, suggesting his decision was motivated by the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign. Comey declined to do so. When Comey was about to board a helicopter, he received a call from the White House saying that "the president needs to talk to you urgently". As he does, Trump responded, calling Francis' comment "disgraceful" and accusing him of being used as a "pawn" of Mexico.

While Trump questioned the legitimacy of the investigation, it has thrown the administration off track and consumed its political capital.

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another move to settle the waters.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision".

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment". But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties. He also highlighted the "very, very strong recommendation" he got from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But once again Trump went into deep denial that he had ever said any such thing to Comey. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

FBI investigators reportedly discovered multiple contacts that are a cause for concern including Paul Manafort, former Trump Campaign Chairman, Carter Page, former Foreign Policy Advisor and Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor.

Mr Trump is leaving on Friday for his first foreign trip as US President, which aides hope can have the effect of refocusing a White House in disarray.

Trump said the investigation has divided the country and distracted from his agenda. While Graham praised Mueller, he added that his appointment curtails lawmakers' investigative abilities. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The Russia matter has consumed Washington and overshadowed Republican legislative priorities including a planned healthcare overhaul and sweeping tax cuts, something the party had hoped to make rapid progress on given its control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

The campaign on Thursday said that it generated US$314,000 online, mostly through small donations.

And they are anxious to get ahold of Comey's memo.