Trump to Comey: “I hope you can let this go.”
President Donald Trump reportedly urged former FBI director to drop Michael Flynn investigation, according to Comey memos. House Republicans have called for a release of any documents.
The Russian affair is getting everyday more complicated for President Donald Trump.
In the aftermath of The Washington Post’s report that the US President divulged top-secret information to Russian officials (that is, the Foreign minister and the Russian ambassador in Washington) , National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster issued a contradictory defense, claiming that Trump’s actions were “wholly appropriate,” and that he didn’t know where the information came from.
Most of Trump’s defenders have emphasized that he didn’t know what he was doing, according to The Atlantic.
However, Mr. Trump defended what he called his “absolute right” to share classified information about an Islamic State plot with visiting Russian officials. According to The New York Times, the intelligence information was provided by Israel, where Trump is headed next week.
In addition, Trump tweeted that he wanted to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” with Russia. The fact that the President was sharing terrorism details with Russia means a breach of faith with the US intelligence services and the U.S allies, as reported in The Atlantic.
Also yesterday, it was revealed from a memo from former FBI director James Comey (fired by Trump recently), in which he reportedly quotes Trump asking him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor. “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo, revealead first by the New York Times.
Flynn was being investigated for his financial financial ties to Russia, according to two people who read a memo by Mr. Comey. In February, Flynn was forced to resign as Trump's security advisor fo hiding meetings with Russian ambassador in Washington DC.
Now, Congress wants to hear from Comey directly: The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday requested the FBI to provide all the documents that its former director had made regarding his talks with President Donald Trump.
The White House immediately published a statement on Tuesday denying that the president had told Comey to drop his investigation, although they acknowledged the “conversation” had happened between both of them, as reported in The Guardian.
“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 statement said.
And added: “ This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr Comey.”