In February, during an Oval Office meeting, Donald Trump discussed the fate of the federal investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, with the F.B.I director, James B. Comey. At that time, Trump reportedly asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn’s ties to Russia, in an attempt to interfere with the probe of links between his administration and the foreign government. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Comey detailed the conversation in a memo shortly after the February meeting, which took place one day after Flynn’s resignation. In the memo, Comey quoted Trump saying,
“I hope you can let this go,” in regards to the investigation into Flynn’s relations with the Russians.
As a result, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, ordered the F.B.I to provide all “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” of conversations between Trump and the former director by May 24th. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to reports, Comey created the memo as part of a paper trail the former director kept of all Trump’s inappropriate actions as Head of State, in his interference with a federal investigation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
However, the White House has denied the conversation, as stated in the memo, took place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“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 White House statement read.
“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.”