Trump denies he wanted Barr to clear him publicly

President Donald Trump is denying he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a phone call in which he pressed Ukraine's president to investigate Democrats. (AP/file)
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WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is denying he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a phone call in which he pressed Ukraine's president to investigate Democrats.

Mr. Trump tweeted early Thursday that the story, first reported by The Washington Post, "is totally untrue and just another FAKE NEWS story with anonymous sources that don't exist."

The Post said Barr rebuffed the request, which came in September around the time the White House released a rough transcript of Mr. Trump's July 25 call at the center of the House impeachment probe.

The paper cited unidentified people familiar with the effort.

House Democrats are investigating Mr. Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals as aid money was being withheld.

Mr. Trump insists he did nothing wrong.