President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey in February to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a bombshell New York Times report.
Shortly after his oval office meeting with the president, which took place a day after Flynn resigned, Comey wrote a memo detailing his conversation with Mr. Trump. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump reportedly told Comey.
The Times reports 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.”
The White House denied the Times report, writing: “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”