Saturday 22 July 2017

Donald Trump 'asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation' - reports

US President Donald Trump (L) fired FBI Director James Comey
US President Donald Trump (L) fired FBI Director James Comey
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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

The New York Times reported that Mr Trump made the request during a February Oval Office meeting. The newspaper cited a memo Mr Comey wrote shortly after the conversation.

Mr Flynn resigned the day before the February 14 meeting, after it was revealed he apparently had lied to his about the nature of his contacts with Russia's ambassador.

The Times said Mr Trump told Mr Comey, "I hope you can let this go."

The White House denied the report.

"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 White House said in a statement.

Mr Trump abruptly fired Mr Comey last week, saying he did so based on his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

According to the New York Times, Mr Comey wrote in the memo that Mr Trump told him Mr Flynn had done nothing wrong. But Mr Comey did not say anything to Mr Trump about limiting the investigation, replying, "I agree he is a good guy."

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