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Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

Joined the Trump presidential campaign in mid-2016. "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

Another senior House GOP reacted to the latest debacle from the White House by asking: "What the heck is happening over there?" adding that it was time for Republicans to distance themselves politically from Trump.

The White House disputed a report Tuesday that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. The associate was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

In order for Trump's behavior to amount to a criminal obstruction of justice, he would have likely have to implicitly or explicitly threaten to fire Comey, said Richard Painter, George W. Bush's former chief ethics lawyer.

Flynn resigned from his post just a day before the meeting on February 14, following reports that he had lied about the nature of his contacts with Russian diplomats.

He told Comey that Flynn, who was sacked for lying to Pence about the content of his telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the inauguration, hadn't done anything wrong.

From the question and answer, it is unclear whether McCabe was speaking only about Comey's firing not interfering with the Russian Federation investigations, or whether he was saying that there was no effort to impede in any Trump-related matter.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", Connecticut Sen.

Other Democrats have renewed calls that a special prosecutor should "immediately" be appointed to examine Trump's actions relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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".

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

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Testifying before Congress is familiar to Comey, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

As FBI director, he was accustomed to hours-long oversight hearings before Congress covering a wide range of topics.

Some Republicans are voicing support for President Donald Trump following a report that the president asked James Comey to stop an FBI investigation.

A former federal law enforcement official told NBC that Comey wrote a memo about almost every interaction with the president.

"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", a White House statement said.

Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles.

While the White House initially cited a Justice Department recommendation and Comey's very public handling of the Clinton email investigation as reasons, those explanations quickly shifted.

The Times and NBC News have not seen Comey's actual notes. He also tweeted a veiled threat last Friday warning the ex-director against leaking information.

Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks earlier that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump took power on January 20.

He and other Democrats said Comey must testify before lawmakers about his conversations with the president.

According to the New York Times, Mr Comey wrote in the memo that Mr Trump told him Mr Flynn had done nothing wrong. The president and others have repeatedly pressed the FBI to focus more of its energy on pursuing leakers than on the Russian Federation investigation, these officials said.

"Telling the FBI director to close down an investigation of your senior campaign adviser for his activities during your campaign for president, if that's true, that is obstruction of justice".


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