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Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Investigation

Controversy over Russian Federation has also laid bare sharp divisions between the White House and US intelligence agencies, which concluded in January that Russian Federation had tried to influence the election in Trump's favor.

Speaking at a commencement ceremony for the U.S. coast guard in CT, a defiant Mr Trump said that "no politician in history. has been treated worse or more unfairly" than he had, adding that he had accomplished more than any previous president in American history.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "shaken" by the reports on the president seeking to shut down the investigation into Flynn, and he warned his congressional colleagues that "history is watching".

"We're not on anybody's side, ever", he said in a March speech. I hope you can let this go, ' Trump had said, adding that Flynn had done nothing wrong.

It's reaching Watergate size and scale.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump is accused of telling Comey, according to a memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, who was sacked last week.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.

But the experts said intent was a critical element of an obstruction of justice charge, and the president's words could be subject to interpretation and possibly put into the context of other actions, like Comey's termination. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

"We're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years and we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible". "Richard Nixon was impeached in 1974 for telling the FBI to stop an investigation of his campaign".

Social media messages such as the one alluding to "tapes" of Trump's conversation with Comey are counterproductive, Graham said. "Quit investigating, damn it'". Nothing could do more damage to Republicans' brand as the party of principles and values than their willingness to stand by and say nothing if those values are being challenged.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

All 33 Democrats on the two committees made the call in a joint letter Tuesday that seeks an immediate public hearing with FBI Director James Comey.




If proven to be accurate, the memo could be the clearest indication yet that Trump has attempted to pressure the FBI into an ongoing investigation into his campaign's links to Russian Federation.

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.

"It's the longstanding position of the executive branch that the president can not be indicted while in office", said Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, a top Justice Department official under President George W. Bush. The letter is expected Tuesday night.

The memo raises concerns "about improper interference placed on an active investigation", Chaffetz told the AP news agency. "I have my subpoena pen ready".

The Times reported that in a meeting with Comey in February, Trump condemned leaks of classified information to the media, saying that Comey "should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., emphatically said he's not commenting on news stories anymore.

Then there was the Comey firing itself, which Trump even admitted had something to do with the Russian investigation. "Following shortly on the heels of the President's admission that he raised his own potential liability at a dinner with the Director and at a time when the Director was concerned about keeping his job, the allegations paint an alarming portrait of a President potentially interfering with, or worse, obstructing, the progress of the Russian Federation investigation".

USA share futures and the dollar tumble in Asian trade on Wednesday after reports President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn. The associate was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday. White House officials insisted Tuesday that Trump had made no request to end the investigation.

"I hope you can let this go", Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey after a White House meeting in February, according to a memo written by the ex-FBI director. The newspaper cites a memo Comey wrote following the meeting.

Did Trump have lawful authority to fire Comey?

"This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey".

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