Report: Trump Asked Comey to ‘Shut Down’ FBI Investigation into Flynn

Report: Trump Asked Comey to ‘Shut Down’ FBI Investigation into Flynn

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Host of Hardline Radio Show

According to a new report from the New York Times, a memo written by former FBI director James Comey reveals that Donald Trump told him to “shut down” the investigation into Michael Flynn, former National Security Adviser who resigned after he was caught lying about phone calls to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Comey wrote about a February 14th meeting in the Oval Office with Trump. He was joined by Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions.

Trump asked everyone to leave except for Comey. He then went on to tell 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.”

Trump went on to assert Flynn had done nothing wrong.

This memo is one piece of a larger paper trail Comey left behind in order to document what he considered to be “improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation” by Trump. The trove of memos includes notes on every phone call and meeting with Trump.

Ironically it was Trump that threatened Comey last week with the notion that he had “tapes” of their conversations that he might release to the public.

Speaking with NBC News, Trump said he spoke with Comey during a dinner the former FBI director initiated. Trump claimed Comey told him during that dinner that he was not under investigation by the FBI.

However, it was the White House that requested that dinner with Comey.

In addition, Comey did not state that Trump was not under FBI investigation; but rather refused to pledge loyalty to Trump when asked to do so. Comey told Trump he would be honest but would not pledge loyalty.

Former and current FBI sources relayed that “the January dinner meeting between the two men … was requested by the White House. And the former senior FBI official says Comey would never have told the president he was not under investigation.”

The Comey firing has had several narrative re-writes. Initially the White House claimed it was deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation that caused the firing, but Trump provided a new plot twist during his interview with Lester Holt when he asserted: “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.”

The White House first stood behind Rosenstein’s recommendation that because of Comey’s handling of the Clinton email debacle was the reason for termination, but Trump told Holt that Russia was the reason for Comey leaving the FBI.

Trump told Holt: “When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

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