Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country Terribly’
By Igor Bobic
President Donald Trump on Thursday denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to scuttle an investigation, and said the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election is detrimental to the U.S. state of affairs.
“I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” Trump said in his first public remarks about the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to probe the Russian controversy. “And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear ― all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country.
“It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That’s all this is,” he added.
Trump spoke at a meeting with top news anchors at the White House. Later, during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, he again attacked the investigation.
“I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt,” Trump said, referring to the Russia probe. He denied his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the election, and called the matter “fine.”
“There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign—but I can only speak for myself,” he said.
Trump said the rising talk of impeachment on Capitol Hill “totally ridiculous,” and flatly denied that he asked Comey to end the agency’s probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump, who […]