Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe

Comey was "concerned" that the president was trying to "stop the investigation", the source told CNN. An FBI agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Comey, who is now a private citizen, but one who knows more than most about the Russian Federation probe, was invited to brief the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday but turned it down for now.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump asked Comey to shut down his bureau's investigation into Flynn, a request that Comey documented in a memo.

If you're frustrated with the non-stop scandals and controversies coming from President Donald Trump's White House, it's time to stop blaming the president and start blaming the people who enable him: Congress. "He is a good guy. All I want is for Comey to be honest and I hope he will be, and I'm sure he will be, I hope".

Trump told Comey that Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

News Tuesday of Trump's request of Comey immediately renewed concerns from congressional Democrats that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation that's been examining potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Hours later, the White House would neither confirm nor deny the existence of the president's secret recordings. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations". Comey had previously refused to acknowledge the parallel Trump investigation, and his disclosure enrages Democrats who already blamed Comey for costing Clinton the presidency.

Schumer said that if such tapes exist, "the president should turn them over immediately".

Bharara's pleas however, come amid continued concerns about the independence of the Justice Department and Rosenstein after Comey's firing.

Trump fired Comey last week. A number of Trump's predecessors have recorded in their offices, including Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

"If the reason you wanted it stopped was because it was going to lead to the prosecution of one of your friends, that would be one thing", he said.

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The U.S. and China were negotiating a resolution that would implement new sanctions and tighten existing penalties on Pyongyang, diplomats said.

Comey confirmed the existence of the investigation during an appearance before Congress in March.

CORNISH: Now, in the meantime, what do we know about the Russian Federation investigation?

Comey had been in the Oval Office that day with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing.

Trump faces calls from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle saying that any tapes, if they exist, should be turned over to Congress.

Throughout his long career in law enforcement, Comey has been known to write down what transpired in important meetings and conversations, particularly ones in which he felt there were potentially tricky legal or ethical issues.

The FBI is investigating the allegations and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump and James Comey.

Flynn was forced to resign February 13 after reports of the Yates-White House conversation.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation".

November 12, 2016: During a telephone call with top campaign donors, Clinton blames Comey for her defeat by Trump. But Graham said he doesn't see a need for a special prosecutor, calling the Russian Federation investigation a "counter-intelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation".

After the meeting, Comey's associates did not believe there was any way to corroborate Trump's statements.

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