Trump Asked Comey To Shut Down Flynn Investigation

Miranda GreerMay 17, 2017

US President Donald Trump reportedly asked the then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into the President's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, the New York Times says.

Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. "He is a good guy". The White House has denied that report.

October 28, 2016: Trump reacts to FBI's decision to investigate new messages related to Clinton's emails, telling a campaign rally that he has "great respect for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for righting this wrong".

The White House, in a statement, denied that the memo's description of the meeting was accurate.

The White House disputed a report Monday that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public.

The source said Comey did the right thing: made notes of his conversation and sent it to another member of his leadership team.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over last week after Comey was sacked, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that, "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date".

Flynn was sacked on February 13 after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia; Flynn had been speaking with Kislyak during the transition period between Election Day and Trump's inauguration.

This source, who has knowledge of the legal issues surrounding Comey, said he "was in the middle of an ongoing investigation" and "everybody would lawyer up and head for the hills".

Testifying before Congress is familiar to Comey, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

Trump also claimed in his letter firing Comey that the FBI director had told him on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation.

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on the existence of any contemporaneous memo written by Comey following his February 14 meeting in the Oval Office.

The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. Comey had been investigating whether or not Trump's campaign members worked with Russian Federation to affect the 2016 presidential election.

Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles. At that dinner, on January 27, Trump asked Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty, which Comey declined, according to one of Comey's associates.

And while Comey himself has been silent, his associates have been exposing intriguing details of his encounters with Trump.

November 13, 2016: In a CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast after the election, Trump says he hasn't decided whether to keep Comey.

Flynn was sacked in February after it was determined he misled officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

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.

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