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Trump Denies Telling Comey to Drop Flynn Investigation

A senior adviser to President Trump who left Friday with first lady Melania Trump on his first foreign trip is under scrutiny by investigators looking for possible ties to Russia according to multiple people familiar with the case Former FBI Director Robert Mueller named special prosecutor for Russia investigation
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 10:43

He's departing having fervently denied that his campaign had collaborated with Russian Federation or that he'd tried to kill an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the issue - and claiming to be the most hounded president in history. Even his enemies, Trump declared, recognize his innocence.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.

Meanwhile, a report from The Washington Post said someone serving in the White House right now is a person of interest in the investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The ongoing probe into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has reportedly identified a current White House official as "a significant person of interest, "The Washington Post reports".

The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul - and other matters - without constant distractions. Mr Comey is said to have declined, and only offered his "honesty".

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Trump campaign and administration but are no longer part of it, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous. "And there is no collusion between, certainly myself and my campaign".

When President Trump tweeted this morning, "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", Senator Amy Klobuchar quickly responded tweeting, "This is a truth hunt".

He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly".

"I'm sure he's going to try to say it's a partisan effort but I don't think Mueller's going to be viewed as a partisan guy", said Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes the investigation into Russian collusion is "now considered a criminal investigation". "It's now in the hands of the special counsel", said Rubio. Trump later said he had already chose to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's memo, which the deputy attorney general confirmed to Congress this week.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

Trump undercut that timeline in an interview last week, but in a news conference on Thursday, he said he relied on Rosenstein's recommendation to make his decision.

Trump has denied he asked Comey to do that, though Comey wrote a memo after their encounter memorializing Trump's words to that effect ("I hope you can let this go"), according to sources close to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "And then on top of that, after the Wednesday performance by Director Comey, you had a person come and have to readjust the record, which many people have never seen before, because there were misstatements made".

Mueller III has been appointed independent special prosecutor to take over the Justice Department investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.