President Trump said unequivocally today that he did not urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump spoke in the East Room during a press conference with Colombian President Santos.
From the White House transcript.
Q Thank you, Mr. President. In the light of a very busy news week, a lot of people would like to get to the bottom of a couple of things, give you a chance to go on record here. Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn? And also as you look back —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. No. Next question.
Q Next question. As you look back over the past six months or year, have you had any recollection where you’ve wondered if anything you have done has been something that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment, as some on the left are implying?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: 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. We have plenty of problems. We’ve done a fantastic job. We have a tremendous group of people. Millions and millions of people out there that are looking at what you had just said, and said, “What are they doing?”
Director Comey was very unpopular with most people. I actually thought when I made that decision — and I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein. But when I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision, because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side — not only the Republican side — they were saying such terrible things about Director Comey.
Trump also said that while he “respects” the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel, “The entire thing has been a witch hunt,” adding, “And there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.”