"There is no collusion - certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself and the Russians - zero", he said at a joint press conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos. According to Comey's associates, Comey documented the comments in a memo written directly after he left the Oval Office meeting with Trump in February. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump reportedly said. But Abraham added that he still stands behind Trump "100 percent", and said he is thrilled with Trump's addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives' recent vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and deregulation that he said has helped farmers and businesses in his district.
Repeating his assertion that Comey "was very unpopular with most people", Trump said he was dismissed over inaccurate testimony delivered before Congress as well as his faulty decision making during the presidential campaign.
He then embarked on a vitriolic attack on his former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, claiming Comey had been "very unpopular with most people" who had had "a poor, poor performance in Congress". "I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country".
"I think it's totally ridiculous".
Russia has repeatedly said that anti-Russian politicians in the United States are using groundless fears of closer ties with Moscow to sabotage any rapprochement and damage Mr Trump in the process.
Even without an immediate subpoena, Cummings said he was "encouraged that the chairman sent a letter last night asking for the Comey memos". In an interview days after firing Comey, Trump said that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe as he chose to do it.More news: US Senate panel still negotiating with Flynn over documents: congressional aides
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Pressure on Republicans for stronger action has grown amid reports that Trump asked now-fired FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and gave classified information to Russian officials. For many of these lawmakers, the potential for a conservative primary opponent is greater than any threat from a Democrat.
Trump also suggested that former USA presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had committed acts that should have been investigated by a special prosecutor.
The newspaper story cites "current and former USA officials" as sources.
"We need some communication discipline from the White House because you know that the enemy - and the enemy in this case is everyone from the New York Times and Washington Post to the Democratic Party - is laying in wait for him", said Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), whom Trump interviewed for a Cabinet post.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President ... If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we're going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press.