Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

Ellis Copeland | 17 May, 2017, 12:53

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump said on Twitter.

A small number of FBI agents were made aware of the memo and the conversation, and agents kept working on the investigation. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his "subpoena pen ready".

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. A memo that Comey wrote after the meeting, which became public May 16, says Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties.

Comey had already been invited to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday about his firing a week ago, but he declined the invitation.

November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" that she should not face criminal charges. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

January 27, 2017: At one-on-one dinner at the White House, Trump asks Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and Comey declines, according to a person close to Comey, speaking after the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked. "I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".

The FBI said they have no comment on the Times story. The New York Times first reported the memo Tuesday and a source familiar with the matter confirmed the contents of the memo to CNN.

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Donald Trump once suggested incarcerating reporters who publish classified material in a meeting he had with James Comey.

"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

"What seems overwhelmingly clear to me is that the White House is besieged by a spectrum of the media dedicated to the far left that is relentlessly committed to doing everything they can to delegitimize this president".

"We're not on anybody's side, ever", he said in a March speech.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican, also said the report raises questions.

Toobin said that if Comey's memo was accurate: "I don't know how anyone can see this comment as anything but obstruction of justice".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, discussing the latest developments on the the Senate floor, said: "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways". At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

The president took to Twitter to counter a torrent of criticism, including from his fellow Republicans, after reports that he had revealed highly classified information about a planned Islamic State operation. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate: "history is watching".

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