Comey Memo Said to Show Trump Tried to End Flynn Inquiry

Another crisis hits the White House after intelligence story

"I hope you can let this go", Trump said to Comey in their meeting, according to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's memo.

The documents include a memo in which Comey wrote that Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the source said. The newspaper cited a memo Comey wrote shortly after the conversation.

The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he plans to demand that the Justice Department turn over all memos written by former FBI Director James Comey concerning his past meetings with President Donald Trump.

Comey's only weakness, he says, was his response to Trump in which Comey told Trump that Flynn was indeed a "good guy", according to The New York Times' description of the memo. He also tweeted on Friday suggesting he has secret recordings of his conversations with Comey, though the White House has since repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether any such tapes actually exist.

The White House denied the report in a statement to reporters, saying it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey".

Under increased scrutiny already for his firing of Comey and the explanations given for the abrupt ouster, the latest revelations only served to increase the political heat now facing President Trump.

The FBI said they have no comment on the Times story. Obviously, the information contained in this memo should not be taken lightly, especially because it is part of a paper trail that Comey made to document Trump's inappropriate attempts to affect the ongoing investigation. But if there is anything Americans should be able to agree on, it is that presidents shouldn't interfere with FBI investigations. This much is true: Not only has no evidence emerged that the Trump administration acted to help Moscow, there is evidence Trump's position on some issues challenges Russia's military and threatens Russia's economy.

Neither NBC News nor The Times has seen the actual memo. "And I hope that we can get Comey to come up here and testify".

Democrats say that they believe Trump and his administration have shown of a pattern of obstructing the investigations looking into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation to affect the 2016 election. "But no president gets to jail journalists", Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders quickly described the actions Comey depicted in a memo as "obstruction of justice".

Still, there's also a witness: Comey.

As reporters huddled off the House floor questioning GOP lawmakers about the Comey memos, another staunch Trump loyalist, Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, walked by and entered the elevator as he quipped: "Almost sounds like fake news".

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