Trump told Comey to consider imprisoning reporters who publish leaks

The meeting in question took place February 14, the day after Trump fired Flynn because he had misled colleagues - including Vice President Pence - about the substance of phone calls he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation. An FBI agent's contemporaneous notes are widely regarded as credible evidence of conversations in court proceedings, the report noted. Details of the memo were first reported by The New York Times and were confirmed by a Reuters source.

And then they - the president brings up Michael Flynn and says, look, I think he's a really good guy. "I hope you can let this go", Trump allegedly said.

The Times doesn't appear to have sought comment from Comey concerning whether he ever wrote such a memo.

"If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", the White House said. I'm told Comey gave a nonresponse response, and the meeting ended but that this was not the only conversation with President Trump that James Comey chose to take contemporaneous notes of for his files.

The White House also pointed out that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in his congressional testimony last week that the White House had not interfered with any investigation.

McCabe was referring to the broad investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The investigation into Flynn is separate.

Testifying before Congress is familiar to Comey, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. The president fired Comey last week. Press Secretary Sean Spicer and U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster had appeared before reporters, defending Trump's decision to share sensitive information about Islamic State operations in the Middle East with Russian officials last week, a day after he fired Comey.

Trump later admitted in a television interview about Comey's firing that he was bothered by "this Russian Federation thing" and said he would have fired Comey regardless of the Justice Department recommendation.

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The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

Despite the conversation between Trump and Comey, the investigation of Flynn has proceeded.

There is no sign the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is closing.

In one of his very first briefings, Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a point of singling out a pool reporter for incorrectly tweeting that the president had removed a bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office. When the meeting ended, Trump told those present - including Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions - to leave the room except for Comey.

In one memo, Comey included a description of Trump talking to him about crowd size at the inauguration.

Trump then turned the discussion to Flynn. Presumably not. The conversation documented by the memo took place in February, and we are only now learning about the memo and Comey's purported belief that Trump was improperly trying to influence the investigation-a claim that Comey apparently was willing to keep to himself as long as he was retained as FBI Director.

Drooyan said it was not unusual for FBI officials to document meetings with people connected to high-profile investigations.

September 4, 2013: Comey is sworn in to office as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The White House released a statement which amounted to a flat denial. Obama insisted the White House was not meddling in the probe - though his comments undeniably struck at the heart of the matter. Trump has disparaged the ongoing FBI investigation as a hoax and called for an investigation into his political rivals. "The president's remarks should not intimidate the press but inspire it", Brown added.

The Oval Office meeting occurred a little more than two weeks after Trump summoned Comey to the White House for a lengthy, one-on-one dinner in the residence.

Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty.

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