NYT says yes, White House says no…
According to The New York Times, former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo on February 14 that President Donald Trump asked him to let go of an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.
However, the NYT admitted that the reporters did not see the memo and “a Comey associate read parts of it to a reporter over the phone.” The source (remember the source isn’t even Comey) claimed the memo said this:
“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.”
Comey allegedly shared the memo with other senior level officials and they all “perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation.” But they all agreed not to say anything about the conversation so the comments “would not affect the investigation.”
The White House immediately denied the report:
“[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.”
I don’t know about you, but as a journalist or blogger or however you want to characterize me, I don’t like stories, especially big ones, coming from word of mouth. I need concrete proof. It looks like it may happen:
.@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
— ABC News (@ABC) May 17, 2017
Wait. Didn’t Comey already testify about Russia? He did! Why no mention of his own memos?
Imagine Comey testifying before Congress but no mention of Pres request to close Flynn investigation https://t.co/rl1boKnKNN
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) May 16, 2017
Comey also cleared Flynn…
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