Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation - The New York Times


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James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this month. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON —…
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9 weeks ago by kohlmannj
"Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations."
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9 weeks ago by bankbryan
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told the F.B.I. director in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo James B. Comey wrote.
9 weeks ago by jokela
The White House has repeatedly crossed lines that other administrations have been reluctant to cross when discussing politically charged criminal investigations. Mr. Trump has disparaged the continuing F.B.I. investigation as a hoax and called for an inquiry into his political rivals. His representatives have taken the unusual step of declaring no need for a special prosecutor to investigate the president’s associates.

The Oval Office meeting occurred a little more than two weeks after Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Comey to the White House for a lengthy, one-on-one dinner at the residence. At that dinner, on Jan. 27, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty — which Mr. Comey declined, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Mr. Trump said that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

After the meeting, Mr. Comey’s associates did not believe there was any way to corroborate Mr. Trump’s statements. But Mr. Trump’s suggestion last week that he was keeping tapes has made them wonder whether there are tapes that back up Mr. Comey’s account.

The Jan. 27 dinner came a day after White House officials learned that Mr. Flynn had been interviewed by F.B.I. agents about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak. On Jan. 26, the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, told the White House counsel about the interview, and said Mr. Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians because they knew he had lied about the content of the calls.
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9 weeks ago by runpunkrun
After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.
9 weeks ago by hakan
The idiots don't actually have the memo in their hands. 50/50 they get nailed up for not being able to produce what they're reporting on
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9 weeks ago by warrenellis
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this month. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON —…
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James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this month. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON —…
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9 weeks ago by yudha87
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this month. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON —…
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