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Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn

17 Mai 2017

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey had written a memo describing a meeting he had with Trump, at which the President asked him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cohen said Comey's memo was "direct evidence" against Trump, but he noted "it only comes out after the termination".

Kushner has led daily morning meetings to discuss the trip's agenda and objectives, according to a senior administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed late Tuesday, near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

"The practiced, analytical note-taking of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who knows how to leave a paper trail would amount to a compelling piece of evidence in the court of public opinion and pit Comey's word against Trump's".

Collinson adds that testimony by Mr Comey would be "one of the most significant congressional appearances of modern times". He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate.

Tucker Carlson on Fox News urged viewers not to take everything they read at face value.

Comey had been probing into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible hidden agreement with Russian Federation to influence the election results.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over last week after Comey was sacked, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that, "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date".

The New York Times first, then The Washington Post and other outlets have reported that Trump had asked Comey in a February meeting not to pursue the Flynn probe and pursue reporters in leak cases instead. Justice Department officials warn Comey against sending the letter, saying that doing so would be inconsistent with department policy meant to avoid the appearance of prosecutorial interference or meddling in elections. "Either way, Painter told VICE News, "[He] shouldn't talk to the FBI about pending investigations, particularly if someone used to be in his administration, because it's inappropriate... "He was impeached after [a considerable amount of] process, and a smoking gun, and a bipartisan consensus that he had committed serious breach of trust".

November 8, 2016: Trump is elected president.

Clinton's campaign blames Comey for her defeat last November.

The House speaker said Congress should also hear from Comey himself.

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.

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.

Cohen said that itself could be a piece of circumstantial evidence that Trump was trying to impede an ongoing probe.

White House officials originally regarded the worldwide swing as a reset for a beleaguered President and his staff.

"Calls for a special prosecutor or an independent investigation will intensify, though many Republicans will continue to resist, at least until their own political standing is in real danger".

Amidst all the craziness, a person was spotted jumping the White House fence.

The other two U.S. officials present at the meeting with the Russians-deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson-also issued statements in support of the president. "I hope you can let this go".

This memo appears to be the strongest evidence yet that Trump sought to interfere with a federal investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, and in the process perhaps committed obstruction of justice - an offense for which he could face impeachment. The description in the purported memo "is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey", it said.

The Times report may present the clearest evidence yet that the president has tried to influence government investigations into links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.