Trump has tried to distance himself from Manafort with a variation of "new phone, who dat?", pretending that he barely had a cup of coffee with the campaign before being replaced by Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.
A fog of confusion has descended on Washington, driven by an unending pressure system of scandal and calls for investigation and impeachment of the Republican president, the Globe's Matt Viser and Annie Linskey report. I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.
"No. No. Next question", Trump replied during a press conference with the Colombian president when asked about the New York Times report that Comey had written a memo documenting the February 14 exchange.
Those comments followed a pair of early-morning Twitter posts questioning the need for the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to look into the collusion allegations.
Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said at a news conference, "No, no", before ordering the media to move on to the "next question".
Comey did not share his memos with top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite those concerns.
The interactions had previously been kept secret by the campaign but are now being reviewed as part of the FBI and congressional investigation into Trump's relationship with Russian Federation. McCarthy says it was
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the president asked FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn's ties to Russian Federation on the grounds that he's "a good guy". But Flynn was picked to be national security adviser, privy to the nation's deepest secrets, anyway. He was soon forced to resign for contacts with the Russian ambassador and his misleading statements about them.
Flynn and other Trump aides were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties through at least 18 calls and emails in the last seven months of the campaign.
Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had authority to disclose whatever he'd like.
Will he keep mum or will he speak out?
"He felt the White House should have a clear separation from the FBI about ongoing investigations - there should never be any intimation that the President or the White House staff was leaning in and trying to influence live investigations by the FBI", the source said. Also on the schedule: meetings with Santos and with national economic director Gary Cohn. He apparently didn't use spellcheck on the word "counsel".