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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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 SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general 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 ComeyTrump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye MORE, in which Trump called the Russia probe “fabricated and politically motivated," before being stopped by aides.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE, following Comey's firing, appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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 ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFormer FBI lawyer defends agency's probe into Trump campaign officials GOP senator calls Comey a 'hack politician' who 'knows what's coming' Trump gives sarcastic shoutout to media on 'spying' reports 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.