The James Comey firing saga saw a new twist Tuesday. The
The New York Times reports that in an FBI memorandum, Comey described how President Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The memo, the contents of which were independently confirmed on-air on MSNBC, was circulated to Comey’s staff.
Trump and Pence were in a briefing with “other senior national security officials” when Trump emptied the room of everyone besides Comey, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence. After expressing frustration with media leaks, Trump pivoted to the Flynn investigation.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump apparently told the former FBI director about Flynn. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Trump added that Flynn had done nothing wrong. Comey said his only direct acknowledgment of the Flynn remarks was to say that “I agree he is a good guy.” The Times report adds that Comey has written memos on every meeting or phone call he had with Trump, both classified or otherwise.
A White House official sent the following statement to the press pool:
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.
The FBI, meanwhile, declined to comment.