President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

If a new report about President Donald Trump passing words of reassurance to former national security adviser Michael Flynn is accurate, it could have serious implications in terms of the president's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Throughout a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump repeated multiple times his claim that there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation during the campaign.

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.

In a reported memo, Comey allegedly says Trump asked him to let the probe into Flynn go.

Trump said later, however, that he had been thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey, whom he called a "showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt last Thursday.

He said that he thinks the appointment of a special counsel "divides the country".

Robert Mueller, Comey's predecessor at FBI from 2001-2013, has a lengthy, close and somewhat controversial history with the man suddenly at the center of investigations swirling around Trump.

"All over the world, no matter where you go, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is special", Mr Trump said.

"That's what I want to be focused on, because there's no collusion. Believe me. My total priority is the United States of America", Trump said.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision". President Donald Trump was about to get the question - the one he'd avoided for almost 48 hours but could no longer.

Trump said there was "no collusion" but added that he can only speak for himself. "We have to get back to running this country really, really well". Now, The Daily Beast is reporting that despite Flynn's current legal quagmire, Trump would like to bring the general back to the White House. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", said Trump, according to a source who read the memo.

The FBI's reputation, he said, had been damaged during the presidential campaign, given "what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign".