Trump denies urging former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop Flynn inquiry

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

The language reveals much about how Trump and his backers are explaining the seemingly never-ending blitz of bad news rocking the White House.

Comey's associates revealed that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director felt so apprehensive about his meetings with Trump, that he brainstormed questions and answers with a small group of confidants.

"SABOTAGE", read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican Party, which pointed to "people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement".

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Asked if he thought he had committed a crime or impeachable offense, the president said "it's totally ridiculous, everyone thinks so".

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"There used to be a joke in the Soviet Union that there was no news in the newspaper Pravda and no truth in the newspaper Izvestia, " Lavrov said through a translator.

"I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that many other things".

Trump lashed out in the morning on Twitter at the news that the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation, calling the move a politically motivated "witch hunt" by his Democratic rivals.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly briefed senators on Mueller's appointment on Thursday, but refused to give a public statement. "Leaks are a real problem", he said. Trump allegedly told him during a White House meeting that "I hope you can let this go", referring to the investigation. Weeks later, veteran investigative journalist Michael Isikoff is now reporting at Yahoo News, Flynn told associates that he had recently received a message from the president to "stay strong". 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.

Trump tweeted that he might have "tapes" of his meetings with Comey.

"There has been no collusion between certainly myself and the campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians: zero", Trump said.

"I do think there is a serious problem with leakers inside the administration and holdovers who can't stand the president and will do anything they can to hurt him".

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