President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation

Trump began the day by tweeting that he is the victim of "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", a claim ignoring impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

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But before the reporter had the chance to finish his question, Trump interrupted him with an assertive "no" and said "next question". "It's special", Trump said. Mr Comey, a diligent and generally well-respected Federal Bureau of Investigation director during his tenure, was known to write memos and disseminate them to his friends and allies in and out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he encountered situations that he thought were inappropriate.

President Donald Trump told news anchors in an off-the-record meeting that the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe is bad for the US. As Democrats talk about possible obstruction of justice and dream of removing Trump from office, the president and his allies reject that he bears responsibility for his woes.

Also on Wednesday, The Post reported that the House minority leader told his Republican colleagues previous year that he thinks Putin "pays" Trump.

Jadhav case: ICJ verdict unanimous, binding on Pakistan, says India
The court has also said that India has right to consular access. "We need a dedicated team for Pakistan, loyal to the country". He has said that he appreciates efforts of advocate Harish Salve who represented India in the Jadhav case.

And the Justice Department, having lost all credibility in its mishandling of the scandal, has just named the widely respected former FBI director and prosecutor Robert Mueller III to launch his own independent investigation. Usually the attorney general would make the pick, but since Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from the investigation, the task fell to Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. The Wall Street Journal explained that it also uncovered the information but chose not to publish it because, "Trump administration officials said disclosing it could damage the two countries' intelligence relationship and jeopardize operations".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo.

He also denied he urged Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, telling reporters, "No, no".

Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary to President George W. Bush, blamed Trump for creating an environment that promotes leaks, saying that starts at the top. "I hope you can let this go", the U.S. president was quoted as telling Comey in the report. Sources and officials declared Trump's revelations "highly damaging" and "inappropriate", but that information may never have come to light without assistance from leakers and the media.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians, zero", Trump told ABC News' Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

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