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Trump denies asking FBI to drop Flynn probe

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump denied on Sunday having asked then FBI director James Comey to stop investigating ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussions with Russia. Trump also insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Moscow in last year's election, and shifted blame on the Justice Department and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"…

‘Loyalty’: Comey’s new book title a dig at Trump

WASHINGTON: Former FBI director James Comey takes a snarky dig at President Donald Trump with the title of his forthcoming book: "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." It was Trump who demanded allegiance from Comey early this year, before firing him in frustration over the FBI's mounting probe into whether his campaign colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty," Trump told the country's top investigator at a private White House dinner in January, one week after…

Clinton says ‘no doubt’ Trump team intersected with Russia

WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton, who on Tuesday released her tell-all memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, said she has "no doubt" that Donald Trump's associates helped Russia interfere in the US election. Last year's failed Democratic nominee told USA Today newspaper that there "certainly was an understanding of some sort" -- and direct communication -- between Trump's campaign officials or associates and Russia. "There's no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his…

Trump decries witch hunt even as lawyer insists no probe

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump angrily decried as a "distraction" the "witch hunt" against him Sunday, as his lawyer insisted the US leader was not under criminal investigation in the sweeping probe of Russian meddling in American elections.  The contradictory messages came after Trump first answered -- and seemingly confirmed -- reports that he is personally being investigated for obstruction of justice when he tweeted on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the…

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

WASHINGTON; President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry. Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russia matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. "I am being investigated for…

Trump blasts reported obstruction probe over ‘phony’ Russia story

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump derided claims of collusion between Moscow and his associates as "phony" Thursday after reports the head of a probe into Russia's alleged election meddling is investigating him for obstructing justice. "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," the president wrote on Twitter. They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on…

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI's former director, of lying under oath to Congress. Comey delivered scathing remarks about the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing and testified that Trump had asked him to drop a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former aide Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to Russia. Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded…

Trump claims ‘complete vindication’ after Comey testimony

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI director James Comey said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's US election. The early morning tweet was Trump's first response to Comey's testimony Thursday before a Senate committee in which he accused the president of lies and defamation. But Comey also confirmed that Trump was not being probed. "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete…