President Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe

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President Donald Trump responded with a direct “no, no” when asked by a reporter about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelve an investigation into his former national security adviser.

The president was also questioned Thursday over revelations that he supposedly shared classified information with Russian officials. He denied those allegations as well.

Trump said that the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel for the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia "divides the country."

Trump said that he respects "the entire thing" but said that he personally has no ties to Russia. He reiterated his earlier comments that the investigation is a "witch hunt."

Comey associates this week revealed the existence of a memo Comey wrote after his Feb. 14 meeting with Trump in which he says the president asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump sent Comey a letter last week abruptly firing him.

Trump was speaking Thursday in a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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