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President Donald Trump has said he knows he is 'not under investigation' for collusion with Russia.
Trump claims to have learned this from conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, who he fired this week.
The president said he asked Comey whether he was being personally investigated as part the FBI's Russia probe.
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"I actually asked him, yes," Trump said.
"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation'.
"I know that I'm not under investigation. Me. Personally. I'm not talking about campaigns. I'm not talking about anything else.
"I'm not under investigation," he repeated.
Russian president, Vladmimir Putin, has said that his government did not collude with the US in the 2016 election, though foreign policy experts generally agree that Russia routinely meddles with Western elections.
"The timing of Director Comey's dismissal to me and many committee members on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling," Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Thursday at the opening of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election," added Warner.
Trump later took to Twitter to take aim at Democrats, who he labelled phonies.
The president tweeted: "Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites!"
Trump previously said he was going to fire 'showboat' James Comey regardless of what the Justice Department recommended.
Talking to NBC News' Lester Holt, Trump said the FBI had been in 'turmoil.'
"Look, he's a showboat, he's a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that," Trump said at the White House.
"You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago - it hasn't recovered from that," he added.
Some White House officials are currently claiming that Comey lost his job because of his conduct during the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016.
Source: NBC News
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