POTUS News: Trump Denounces Expanded Russia Inquiry As A 'witch Hunt'

President Trump denied urging former FBI Director James B. Comey to close or back down from the bureau's investigation into Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. 

“No, no, next question,” Trump said when asked by a reporter at a news conference Thursday with Colombia's president, Juan Manual Santos.

Trump last week fired Comey, who was overseeing the FBI investigation into whether anyone associated with Trump's campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence officials in their effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump said it was "ridiculous" to think he may have done anything worthy of criminal charges or impeachment. 

“I think it's totally ridiculous -- everybody thinks so, and again we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have," Trump said. 

Asked about the decision by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein to name former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to oversee the Russia investigation as a special counsel, Trump repeated criticism he made earlier on Twitter.

“I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt," Trump said.

"There has been no collusion between certainly myself and the campaign -- but I can always speak for myself -- and the Russians: zero,” Trump said. He appeared to mean that he could "only" speak for himself.

Trump said the investigation has divided the country and distracted from his agenda. The U.S. has seen job gains, a decrease in illegal border crossings and military success against Islamic State since he became president, he said.

“I’m fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well,” Trump said. 

Source : http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-no-no-next-question-trump-says-he-1495141492-htmlstory.html

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