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Trump defends Comey firing, denies asking FBI chief to end Flynn probe

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 00:55

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Thursday and said he did not ask Comey to end his probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Thursday and said he did not ask Comey to end his probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Instead, during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump sought to portray Comey as "very unpopular", adding that he thought it would be a bipartisan decision to fire the FBI chief. Trump's firing of Comey, the man in charge of an investigation into possible collusion between 2016 election campaign associates and the Russian government, outraged many lawmakers, including some Republicans. In his search for a replacement, Trump said he will be announcing a new FBI director "very soon". In an earlier meeting with Santos, Trump confirmed to reporters that former senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman was among the top candidates.

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Trump defends Comey firing, denies asking FBI chief to end Flynn probe

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 00:55