President Donald Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the investigation into then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in February, according to a memorandum written by Comey, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Comey's memorandum documented a meeting between the two men in the Oval Office, during which Trump said, referring to the investigation of Flynn's ties to Russia and other foreign governments, "I hope you can let this go."
Trump also told Comey that Flynn was "a good guy." A day after the meeting, Flynn resigned.
The White House denied the memo's contents, stating that "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 administration also emphasized that "Deputy FBI Director McCabe said in his testimony last week (before the Senate) that the White House had not interfered with any investigation."
Trump fired Comey last week and the White House has offered contradicting versions to explain why and how the decision to get rid of him was reached. The New York Times report said that Comey prepared memorandums of every phone call and meeting he had with Trump during the four months that passed between inauguration and his firing.
Shortly after the NYT story came out, the Washington Post reported that Comey's memo is two-pages long and is "highly detailed."
One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: he leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened. Stay tuned. https://t.co/sENlYyhL5B— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 12, 2017
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