Kablooey! Yet another crisis based on “sources say” has enveloped President Donald J. Trump again. One of the usual suspects, in this case the New York Times, has published a story claiming that fired FBI Director James Comey had written a memo to himself alleging that President Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into the ties between Russia and fired National Security Director Michael Flynn.
A memo to himself? What’s the deal with Comey? Is he a teenage girl keeping a secret diary?
Excerpt from Huffington Post
xactly one week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House is battling reports that the president asked Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
A bombshell report in The New York Times on Tuesday says Trump made the request of Comey during a February meeting in the Oval Office. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, which an associate shared with the newspaper. Flynn, who was ousted from his job in February, is one of several Trump associates under FBI investigation over potential ties to Russia.
Reuters and NBC News later confirmed the Times’ report.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the president told Comey, according to the memo, the Times and NBC reported. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The Feb. 14 meeting took place after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been confirmed by the Senate, but before he had recused himself from the Russia investigation.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to HuffPost Tuesday evening on whether Sessions had seen the memo at the time, or if he was aware of what Trump reportedly told Comey.
The White House, in a statement to HuffPost, denied events described in the memo:
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 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.
“Also please note that the Acting Director McCabe said last week that the WH had not interfered in the investigation,” the White House statement added.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifed before the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
“It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely,” McCabe said.
Trump himself has also denied asking Comey to drop the Russia investigation.
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