President Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe: report

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:02 PM
WASHINGTON — President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to deep-six the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in February, according to a memo by Comey relayed to the New York Times , a revelation that had some politicians talking impeachment.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo.
That request is the strongest evidence to date that the President sought to meddle in the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation into whether his team colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, and will further fuel congressional investigations into Trump’s actions, raising concerns of obstruction of justice .
The meeting between Trump and Comey took place the day after Flynn was forced to resign , two people who read the memo told the Times, and Comey wrote it immediately afterward.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey in the private meeting, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo. (Pool/Getty Images)
Comey was noncommittal in his reply.
According to the Times, Trump had asked multiple other senior administration officials to leave the room after a Valentine’s Day meeting to talk to Comey alone, and complained about leaks — suggesting that Comey should consider locking up reporters who were given classified information.
The memo could be damning evidence for why Trump fired Comey last week — a move that had already triggered further chaos in the White House and raised alarms across Washington. It’s also just one of many detailed memos that Comey made after each conversation with Trump during his presidency, according to the Times.
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Members of both parties on Capitol Hill quickly called for the memos to be investigated.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) vowed to “get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later.” He wrote a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe demanding the agency turn over any memos from Comey within the next week so his committee can consider “whether the President attempted to influence or impede the FBI’s investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn.”
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a moderate known for his caution, said on CNN that if the reports were true that impeachment would be on the table.
The White House called the Times story inaccurate.
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“While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey,” a White House spokesman said in a statement, pointing out that McCabe said in testimony last week that the White House had not interfered with any investigation. According to a memo obtained by the New York Times, Trump asked Comey to nix the Flynn investigation. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
The Times report was confirmed by multiple outlets, many of whom reported the existence of more Comey memos.
Democrats sounded shocked about the reports, while many Republicans scrambled to avoid questions.
“Yesterday, secrets to the Russians . Today, obstruction of justice? When does this end?” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.