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Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

19 May 2017

A number of Democrats have begun floating the idea of impeaching Trump in the wake of revelations that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey reportedly documented his interactions with Trump and other White House officials in memos that he passed along to his aides, according to The Times.

Trump has also strongly denied the accusations.

The US president is quoted as saying: "I hope you can let this go".

Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation
Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

Trump previously said that the investigation "should be over". Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

Rosenstein was thrust into the spotlight last week when a memo he wrote was initially cited by the Trump administration as the rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation of Trump-Russia contacts.

The DOJ announcement comes as new reporting from NBC indicates that top Trump lieutenants Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn are emerging as key figures in the investigation. When Trump spotted Comey anyway, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director extended his hand so that they would only have a handshake, but the president pulled him in for a hug anyway.

Trump's embattled presidency, which has invited increasingly frequent comparison with Richard Nixon and Watergate, passed a new landmark at the press conference when he was asked bluntly, in front of a foreign head of state, whether he recalled anything he had done that "might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigation or impeachment".

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The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another effort to settle the waters. The candidate who threatens to jail his opponent easily becomes the president who instructs his FBI director to close an inconvenient investigation.

"We've got a lot to ask him about", Lynch said.

The White House on Tuesday sought to tamp down the controversy with national security adviser HR McMaster telling reporters that what the president shared with the Russian officials "was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged". "He can take care of himself", Santos said.

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The denials amount to Trump's most extensive, public response yet to the wave of negative reports aimed at the White House and members of the Trump administration.

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Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation