According to a report by the New York Times on Tuesday, former F.B.I. director James Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president a day after Mr. Trump asked Comey to end an investigation into his former national security adviser.
“Mr. Comey believed Mr. Sessions should protect the F.B.I. from White House influence, the officials said, and pulled him aside after a meeting in February to tell him that private interactions between the F.B.I. director and the president were inappropriate. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said.”
It was reported last month that Trump pressured Comey on Feb. 14 to “let go” of the Flynn investigation, which Comey reportedly noted in a memo shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump reportedly told Comey.
The Times reported that Comey’s memo was part of an effort to create a paper trail documenting Trump’s “improper efforts to influence the investigation.”
“Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates,” according to the Times.
Trump reportedly insisted that Flynn had done nothing wrong and that he “is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey’s memo reportedly says that he did not respond to Trump about the Flynn investigation, but did agree with the president’s assertion that Flynn is “a good guy.”