Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

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It has been widely reported that at a meeting in the Oval Office in February, Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn shortly after he resigned. The reporting is based on a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting – this memo has been seen by two people who have read the memo.

According to this memo Trump said “I hope you can let this go.”

Donald Trump requests James Comey to drop investigation into links between his team and the Russians in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election - I hope you can let this go. Caricature APTOn May 17, the Senate Intelligence Committee invited Comey to testify in both open and closed-door hearings, offering him the opportunity to address t.he recent reporting

The committee has also requested that Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, hand over any related documents prepared by Comey about his communications with senior officials from the White House and Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee issued its own request for information on communications between Comey and various administration officials, including Trump.

The committee also asked the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, for “all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda” related to Comey – This would cover any recordings inexplicitly referred to by Trump in his tweet of May 12 2017

Donald Trump tweet - James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! caricature APTThis is potentially the largest indication to date that Trump attempted to influence the FBI’s investigation into links between Trump’s team and the Russians in the run up to the 2016 Presidential election.

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