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Trump Denies Pressuring Comey to End Flynn Probe

20 May 2017, 02:09 | Darnell Patrick

In a late-breaking story from the New York Times on Thursday night, reporter Michael Schmidt noted how James Comey was repeatedly approached by Donald Trump and his associates, in an apparent bid to develop a congenial relationship between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"Zero", Trump said, at a joint news conference on Thursday afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. "We have a president who I think, to be fair, is on the opposite end of the spectrum with regard to national security and experience and the sophisticated strategic thinking that goes along with it", Pillar says. "The documentation of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation", the newspaper said.

Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.

Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".

The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey.

This was only one of many interactions with Trump that reports now indicate made Comey uncomfortable.

Questions surrounding alleged ties to Russian Federation have dogged Mr Trump since before his election. "It's special", he said.

White House advisers insisted Trump was up to speed on the Middle East, having already hosted Arab, Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the White House. "I think it divides the country", he said.

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Rosenstein said the Mueller appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

This journalistic triumph, made possible by nameless government officials who risked their jobs and their freedom to get the truth out, is all the more satisfying because it came as a corrective after one of the sorriest episodes in modern journalism: the uncritical, unfiltered and unending coverage of Trump - particularly by cable news - that propelled him to the Republican nomination and onward to the presidency.

Asked to comment on the prospects of future relations with the United States should President Donald Trump be impeached, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called the question "incorrect".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday also stood by a memo he wrote castigating Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. News reports over the past few days have said Spicer and other communications team members may soon be replaced in a White House shake-up.

The Times story adds incremental credence to the assertion that Trump was poking around for ways to curry favor with Comey to quietly relieve some of the pressure the Russian Federation inquiry was putting on his administration.

Comey told Trump he should not contact him directly about FBI investigations but follow procedure and have the White House counsel ask the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, the Times reported. The trip represents a chance for Mr. Trump to shift the focus of daily headlines after more than a week of raging controversy, which began when the President fired Mr. Comey, the person overseeing the Russian Federation probe. But American and Israeli spy professionals say they're frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to the US-Israeli intelligence partnership. "We have to get back to running this country really, really well".

President Trump believes he is being persecuted, and that is a frighteningly risky mindset for a man with such vast power.



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