President Donald Trump is reported to have “asked James Comey to shut down Michael Flynn investigation” during a visit to the Oval Office in February. As reported by The New York Times, Comey wrote a memo shortly after the meeting outlining the president’s request.
According to the memo, Trump told Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” referring to the investigation into Flynn.
This piece of documentation is considered strong evidence regarding the president attempting to influence the investigations being led by the Justice Department and the FBI regarding possible links between Trump’s associates and Russia.
On Tuesday evening, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, demanded all “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” from the FBI that featured information pertaining to discussions between Trump and Comey.
Chaffetz stated the documents “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the FBI investigation.
The memo was written by Comey immediately after his meeting with the president in the Oval Office which took place the day following Flynn’s resignation. It is considered to be part of a paper trail created by Comey to help document activity that he perceived as improper on the part of the president regarding the investigations.
Traditionally, notes such as the memo created by Comey are considered credible evidence in a court of law.
Comey informed senior FBI officials of the existence of the memo. In it, Comey stated that Trump had told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. While Comey did not directly respond to the president regarding a change in the status of the investigation, he did reply, “I agree [Flynn] is a good guy.”
In a statement released by the White House, the administration denies the events occurred as outlined in the memo, saying, “While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected out country, the president never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, include any investigation involving General Flynn.”
The statement continued, “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.”