As the poltical climate in the United States continues to remain toxic over the sacking of James Comey as FBI director, new report revealed that the Republican President had asked Comey to drop the agency’s investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the President reportedly said to Comey during that meeting, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The new explosive revelation has come just after reports suggested that Trump discussed sensitive highly classified national security information about Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
According to analysts, by trying to interfere with a federal investigation, Trump has committed similar offense that forced former president Richard Nixon to resign over the Watergate crisis.
A memo, which was reportedly written by Comey is the latest piece of evidence to suggest that Trump had attempted to quash investigations into his campaign's associates and their interactions with the Russian government during the 2016 election, The Independent reported.
Comey wrote the memo detailing the conversation immediately after the meeting with Trump, which took place just one day before Flynn resigned from his post for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations last year with Russia's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
However, the White House denied the report. “The president has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” it said in a statement.