Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries 'witch hunt'

"No. No. next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is mocking US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

Meanwhile, at home, other investigations into Russian Federation will move forward.

President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

The White House Counsel's office represents the presidency, but aides are making the case to Trump that he needs an outside legal team for this probe.

Rosenstein briefed senators on Thursday but made no public comments.

A self-described friend of Comey's wrote in a public blog post on Thursday that Comey had told him that he had rebuffed a Trump request for loyalty by promising only honesty.

The White House says an investigation will prove there was no collusion.

The White House initially said last week that Trump was prompted to fire Comey after reading the Rosenstein letter.

"And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team".

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.

President Donald Trump lashed out again Thursday at the ongoing inquiries into his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, counteracting an earlier, more measured response from the White House.

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. He also told network anchors at the White House on Thursday that appointing a special counsel "hurts the country".

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