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Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

Posted on May 17th, 2017 at 0:08 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

  1. Well, remember that time Obama summoned Chaffetz and Gowdy to the Oval Office and told them, “Hillary’s a good woman, I hope you’ll let her go, let go of this Benghazi thing”? And the Republicans all agreed that nothing was improper about that and it was well within a President’s prerogative to make requests like that? Remember?!

  2. you mean to tell me a career lawyer/attorney general with decades of experience is able to politically outmaneuver an illiterate real estate ‘mogul’?

    well that’s pretty surprising.

  3. Interesting. The mob boss shows gratifying loyalty to his consigliere. After all, the boss has completely clean hands, no?

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