Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

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President Donald Trump in February asked James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, the then-director of the FBI wrote in a memo.
The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon reported that Trump made the request during an Oval Office meeting and Comey later wrote a memo detailing the conversation with the president.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
Times reporter Michael Schmidt told MSNBC that Trump kicked everyone, including Vice President Mike Pence, out of the room during the Feb. 14 meeting, and made the request to Comey one on one.
Trump abruptly fired Comey last week. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned Feb. 13 following reports that he misled top White House officials about his contacts with Russia. Sen. John Cornyn removes himself from FBI consideration
With that memo, Comey was said to be creating a paper trail outlining what he believed to be improper efforts by Trump to influence an ongoing investigation, according to the Times and NBC News.
According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. But Comey did not say anything to Trump about limiting the investigation, replying, “I agree he is a good guy.”
The Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Comey’s associates read parts of it to a reporter.
The White House has denied the version of events detailed in the memo, saying in a statement that the report is “not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
“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 statement said. What Donald Trump told James Comey about the Michael Flynn investigation, according to a memo Comey wrote https://t.co/fyzPyVuOuN pic.twitter.com/2Y1grd7jYU — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 16, 2017
Word of Comey’s memo comes nearly 24 hours after The Washington Post first reported that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.
Both The New York Times and NBC News have reported that the intelligence the president shared came from Israel.
The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he will seek copies of any memos Comey wrote about his meetings with the president.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his “subpoena pen ready.” . @GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready. — Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he was “shaken” by the report that Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation. He said “history is watching” and “the country is being tested in unprecedented ways.”
Schumer has been urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel to investigate Russian interference into last year’s campaign and ties between Russian and Trump associates, including Flynn.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CBS News that Comey needs to go before the Congress and “share with the public what conversations he had with the president that may bear on whether there was any effort to obstruct the investigation or impede it in any way.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report. View Comments