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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' 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 SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report 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 ComeyHarry Reid slams Comey for Russia election meddling If Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report MORE, in which Trump called the Russia probe “fabricated and politically motivated," before being stopped by aides.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinWill the Mueller report go public? The courts, not Barr, may ultimately decide Mueller figures celebrate end of probe Showdown looms over Mueller report 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 ClintonHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Trump mounts Rust Belt defense 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 ManafortFox's Chris Wallace challenges Nadler on whether no more indictments means no 'criminal collusion' Nadler willing to go to Supreme Court to obtain Mueller report End of Mueller probe a boost for Trump, a warning for Democrats MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller figures celebrate end of probe Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report The wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report 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.