Trump asked FBI boss to drop Flynn inquiry

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2017

In an explosive memo, former FBI director James Comey reported that Donald Trump asked him to "let go" of an investigation concerning his former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The President told Comey that Flynn, who was sacked for lying to Pence about the content of his telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the inauguration, hadn't done anything wrong.

Maybe it is President Trump who should be hoping there's a tape recording of the conversation.

Comey wrote the two-page long notes after a meeting in February with the president, according to Comey associates anonymously quoted by both newspapers.

"For example, if the President said to Comey, 'Listen, I'm not telling you what to do, do what you think is right, but I really hope you can let this go on Flynn because I think he's a great guy, ' there's a lot of people who think that would be an inappropriate statement".

If Chafettz manages to get his hands on the Comey memos and the committee discovers incriminating evidence proving that Trump did, in fact, try to influence FBI's probe into Flynn's connection to Russian Federation, the president may face charges of obstruction of justice. "But, on the other hand, you have to realize that - as with any other sort of criminal law - intent is key, and intent here can be hard to prove".

The news broke yesterday as several congressional Republicans joined Democrats in calling for the administration to release transcripts from the president's meeting with Russian officials last week, where he reportedly disclosed highly classified information provided to US officials by a key intelligence ally.

Trump fired Comey last week, and the White House said the move was motivated by Comey's handling of an investigation into former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails. Comey's notes also made it clear he felt that the conversation was improper and chose to withhold details of it from the case agents working on the Russian Federation probe, according to the associates. Did President Trump ask former FBI director James Comey - to shut down the federal investigation into retired general Michael Flynn, " hyped ABC's superficial Anchor David Muir during the opening tease for World News Tonight.

"What you have is contemporaneous documentation of Comey's recollection of what the president said", said Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama. The Times story said the memo was part of a paper trail Comey created to document his perception that the president's request was improper.

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

The White House denied that account saying, "The president never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

"If true, this is yet another disturbing allegation that the president may have engaged in some interference or obstruction of the investigation, " said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

"I hope Director Comey testifies before Congress as soon as possible", he said, Politico reported. I have my subpoena pen ready, " he tweeted.

Richard Nixon famously faced impeachment proceedings related the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, but resigned before they could begin.

The White House did not respond Tuesday when asked to address the president's remark about imprisoning reporters. US intelligence intercepts showed that they had discussed the topic, according to people familiar with the matter. Comey previously turned down a Senate Intelligence Committee invitation for a classified briefing this week.

Since Mr Flynn stepped down, the Pentagon has launched an investigation into whether he failed to disclose payments from Russian and Turkish lobbyists for speeches and consulting work.

"Every day they need to call in political SERVPRO to vacuum and clean the damage that's occurring", lamented one Republican strategist who has worked with the administration.

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