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Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:21

Initial statements from the White House said Mr Trump had fired Mr Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department, due to his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Trump continued to assert that there was "no collusion", between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump is certain to face a barrage of questions unrelated to their meeting, after reports this week that the White House was aware former national security adviser Michael Flynn was under investigation before the president's inauguration, that Mr. Trump possibly revealed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that fired FBI Director James Comey said in a memo that Mr. Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn.

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

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar responded, "This is a truth hunt".

US stocks rallied back on Thursday after seeing their biggest drop in eight months the previous day on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favouring economic growth. Investors cited a supportive economic and corporate earnings backdrop for the modest rebound. In late morning trading, the benchmark S&P 500 was up about a third of a percent.

Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure. While Graham praised Mueller, he added that his appointment curtails lawmakers' investigative abilities.

"Look at all the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, who were saying such bad things about Director Comey", he said.

A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

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.

There was confusion during the day surrounding Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who has emerged as a central figure because of his own ties to Russian Federation, which led to his dismissal early on in the Trump administration.

"No. No. Next question", Trump interrupted tersely.

It was widely reported that Russian Federation was hopeful of a resetting of the relationship between Moscow and Washington following Trump's election victory last November. Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory. "Not with me, not with representatives of Russia's special services".

Rosenstein was due to brief USA senators later on Thursday.

Another beneficiary may be Rosenstein, who was criticised for doing the White House's bidding after a memo he wrote criticising Comey's handling of the Clinton email probe past year emerged as a justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's dismissal.

His appointment, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was a striking shift for the Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly insistent calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told CNN: "This president has no one to blame but himself for the mess that he's in".