DId Trump try to shut down FBI’s Flynn Investigation? (updates)

Updates :

“I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely f*****,” one senior official in Mr Trump’s administration reportedly told The Daily Beast.
Another told the publication they felt “like running down the hallway with a fire extinguisher” in response to the leaked memo.


President Donald Trump’s White House was rocked on Tuesday night by allegations that Trump tried to shut down an FBI investigation into one of his former aides, as the administration struggled to manage a growing list of scandals.

Former FBI Director James Comey detailed in a memo that Trump asked him in the Oval Office to drop the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a friend of Comey, a request that came just one day after Trump ousted Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

The New York Times first reported the existence of the memo, which appears to be one of many documents Comey drafted regarding his conversations with Trump.

“It’s very rich in detail and hopefully it will come out soon,” the friend of Comey, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told POLITICO. “There are other memos about his meetings too. He wrote down every word Trump said to him as soon as he could.”

The news sent shockwaves across Washington and adds to the controversy overwhelming the White House, which was already dealing with the fallout from Trump’s firing of Comey last week and Trump’s alleged disclosure of highly classified information to Russian officials.

And on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have so far generally backed Trump, a new mood was evident among members. Many expressed deep concern about the latest revelations and demonstrated a new willingness for congressional involvement — from House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz saying he will subpoena the memo to a chorus of voices calling for Comey to testify publicly on the matter. The shift could represent cracks in the bulwark that has, so far, insulated Trump from the most severe scrutiny.

On Tuesday night, Chaffetz demanded the FBI hand over all documents detailing communications between Trump and Comey within the next week. In a letter directed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz wrote that Comey’s memos, “if true … raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI’s investigation as it relates to to Lt. Gen. Flynn.”

The White House immediately pushed back against the allegations.

“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 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,” the White House said in a written statement.

But the accusation, which suggests Trump tried to interfere in a federal investigation into one of his top associates, represents one of the most serious allegations against Trump to date.

Such a revelation was expected by some.

“One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: he leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened. Stay tuned,” Matthew Miller, a former DOJ spokesperson, wrote on Twitter last week.

The latest swell of controversy started last Tuesday, when Trump abruptly fired Comey, despite the fact that the FBI has an ongoing investigation into whether Trump’s campaign aides colluded with Russian officials ahead of the election.

The White House gave varying justifications for the firing. The initial explanation was that Trump fired Comey based on a recommendation from top Justice Department officials, but Trump later refuted this, saying he was going to fire Comey regardless and did it with the Russia investigation in mind.

The New York Times then reported that Trump had asked him at a dinner to pledge his loyalty to him, a request Comey declined. The White House disputed that account as well.

Trump then fueled the controversy by suggesting he had his own documentation that could prove damning to Comey.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted in response to that story last Friday.

The White House has since refused to comment on whether Trump is recording conversations in the Oval Office, and a number of people close to him said they do not know.

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source : http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/trump-comey-flynn-shutdown-238467?lo=ap_d1