US POLITICS

Trump Reportedly Asked Comey To Shut Down Flynn Probe

'I hope you can let this go,' the president asked the former FBI director, according to a memo.

US POLITICS
Former national security adviser General Michael Flynn. — REUTERS
May 16, 2017 at 6:12 PM ET

In a memo from former FBI director James Comey after meeting with President Donald Trump in February, Comey wrote that the president asked him to stop the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. It was a conversation that reportedly took place a day following Flynn’s resignation over his lying about his conversations with the Russian ambassador the U.S., according to the New York Times.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Comey reportedly did not respond to Trump about shutting down the investigation, but only agreed with him that Flynn was a good guy.

In a statement to the Times, the White House brushed off Comey’s version of the story.

“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 statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”