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Reports: Trump asked Comey to halt investigation

By Laurie Bennett

May 17, 2017 at 7:12am

President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, the New York Times and other media report.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said, according to a memo Comey wrote after the meeting. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

The exchange took place a day after Flynn resigned. He left the Trump administration after it was revealed that he had been less than forthcoming about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

The White House issued a statement disputing the Comey memo.

“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,” the statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee has demanded that the bureau produce within the week all “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” of Comey’s meetings with Trump.

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