The New York Times reported today that the President did ask the former FBI Director James Comey to cease the investigation into the former head of National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn. The reports states:
Comey wrote in a memo shortly after the meeting that Trump told him “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the report said.
The meeting reportedly took place one day after Flynn resigned. Corey’s memo was part of an effort to create a paper trail documenting Trump’s influence on the investigation.
Comey’s memo says he did not respond to Trump about the probe but agreed with him that Flynn is “a good guy.”
The White House denied the memo’s version of events in a statement to the Times, writing: “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
Fox News is reporting that:
The memo was presented as the clearest evidence yet that Trump tried to influence the Justice Department and FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and alleged links to Trump’s associates.
But the White House rejected the characterization that the president tried to shut down an investigation.
“[T]he President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” an official said. “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.”
The memo reported by the Times was written immediately after the meeting between Trump and Comey – which reportedly took place the same day Flynn was ousted as national security adviser for misleading Vice President Pence over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.
The Times acknowledged it has not viewed a copy but said a Comey associate read parts of it.
The knives are coming out, and the President better be prepared because if he tried in any way to halt the investigation into Flynn he could be getting into real trouble.