Pres. Trump asked FBI Director Comey to shut down Michael Flynn investigation

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

President Trump asked the FBI director, James Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into  former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

The documentation of  President’s Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation into links between  Trump’s associates and Russia. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee demanded Tuesday, that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between President Trump and Comey.

According to two sources who read the memo, Chaffetz wrote that such documents  “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the FBI. Comey said he wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which was the day after Flynn resigned. It was part of the paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.

According to the memo, President Trump told Comey, “I  hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,”  “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Below is a copy of the memo Chaffetz sent to the FBI;

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