President Trump denied urging former FBI director James B. Comey to close or back down from the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
“No, no, next question,” Trump said when asked by a reporter at a news conference Thursday with Colombia’s president Juan Manual Santos.
Trump fired Comey last week even though Comey was overseeing an investigation into whether anyone associated with Trump’s campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence officials in their effort to influence the presidential election.
Trump said it was "ridiculous" to think he may have done anything worthy of criminal charges or impeachment.
“I think its 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,” Trump said.
Asked about the decision by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod J. Rosenstein to name former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation as a special counsel, Trump repeated criticism he made earlier today in a tweet.
“I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt," Trump said.
"There is been no collusion between certainly myself — and the campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians: zero,” Trump said.
Trump said the investigation has divided the country and distracted from his agenda. The U.S. has seen job gains, a decrease in illegal border crossings and military success against Islamic State since he became president, he said.
“I’m fine with whatever people want to do but we have to get back to running this country really really well,” Trump said.
(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) (Associated Press) (Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Associated Press) A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Dec. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) (Associated Press) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security advisor after details emerged about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.