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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector 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 ComeyIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mueller has subpoenaed Bannon in Russia probe: report MORE, in which Trump called the Russia probe “fabricated and politically motivated," before being stopped by aides.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGraham, Meadows go on the attack over Steele dossier FBI chief: Encryption is 'urgent public safety issue' FBI agents' text messages spur congressional probe into possible news leaks 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 ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) 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 Manafort'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Manafort associate Richard Gates no longer under home confinement MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump tweets 'Russian Collusion Hoax is dead' as Bannon set to testify Clinton campaign deserves a full investigation just like Trump World Lewandowski says he'll testify this week before Congress on Russia 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.