Trump defends handling of Russia probe: 'Everything I've done has been 100 percent proper'

President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE on Saturday pushed back on suggestions that he attempted to interfere with the Justice Department's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia.

In a press conference flanked by GOP leaders at Camp David, Trump responded to a New York Times article that said Trump had directed White House counsel Don McGahn last year to lobby Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Laura Ingraham: Migrant child detention centers 'essentially summer camps' Senate chaplain offers prayer 'as children are being separated from their parents' MORE not to recuse himself in the ongoing Russia investigation.

"Everything that I've done was 100 percent proper. The story, by the way, in the Times was way off, or at least off," Trump said in response to a question from The Hill.

"But everything I've done has been 100 percent proper. That's what I do, I do things proper," he said.

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Trump's comments came after the Times reported Thursday that the president ordered McGahn to urge Sessions not to recuse himself in the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The report said that Trump had also drafted a letter to now-fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Cuomo, Smerconish and Melber – Where facts matter Hillicon Valley: Supreme Court takes up Apple case | Senate votes to block ZTE deal | Officials testify on Clinton probe report | Russia's threat to undersea cables | Trump tells Pentagon to create 'space force' | FCC begins T-Mobile, Sprint deal review MORE, in which Trump called the Russia probe “fabricated and politically motivated," before being stopped by aides.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas Bannon says Trump should fire Rosenstein if he doesn’t comply with subpoenas James Comey's higher disloyalty to America MORE, following Comey's firing, appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to investigate Russia's meddling in the election and ties to Trump's campaign.

At the press conference Saturday, Trump also asserted that claims from some Democrats about his campaign's possible collusion with Russia were now "dead."

"I guess the collusion now is dead," Trump said. "There's been no collusion between us and the Russians. Now, there has been collusion between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE, the [Democratic National Committee (DNC)] and the Russians. Unfortunately, you people don't cover that very much. But the only collusion is between Hillary and the Russians and the DNC."

"But the story in the Times was off," he added.

Pressed on how the story was off, Trump responded, "You'll find out. But the story was off."

Mueller's team has so far brought charges against four former Trump campaign officials, including former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortVirginia jail says Manafort is not receiving 'special privileges' Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosSenate staffer's indictment exposes the pitifully corrupt nature of Trump-Russia probe Hillicon Valley: Deal reached on ZTE, but lawmakers look to block it | New encryption bill | Dems push Ryan for net neutrality vote | Google vows it won't use AI for weapons Trump weighing roughly a half dozen new clemency cases MORE pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI. Manafort, along with his business associate Richard Gates, was charged with money laundering and tax fraud.