Trump denies asking Comey to back off Flynn investigation
President Donald Trump denies asking former FBI Director James to close an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.
"No. No. Next question," Trump told Sinclair Broadcast Group national correspondent Scott Thuman.
Trump was responding to a point-blank question stemming from a bombshell New York Times report that cited unnamed sources who said Comey wrote in a memo the president asked if the bureau could "let go" of its investigation into connections between Flynn and possible Russian influences on the 2016 presidential election.
“There is no collusion" between his campaign and Russia, the president added. "Even my enemies say there was no collusion."
Pressed on if any of his actions over the last six months warranted further investigation or talks of impeachment, the president said, "I think it’s totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so.”
Trump also criticized the appointment of a special prosecutor to oversee one of the several ongoing investigations into the administration.
“I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. I think it divides the country," Trump said. "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”
Comey associates this week revealed the existence of a memo Comey wrote after his Feb. 14 meeting with Trump in which he says the president asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump sent Comey a letter last week abruptly firing him.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report.