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Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation
Christy Curtis | 17 May, 2017, 08:08

"Telling the FBI director to close down an investigation of your senior campaign adviser for his activities during your campaign for president, if that's true, that is obstruction of justice", Toobin said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer". "I'm not going to take a memo, I want the guy to come in", Graham told reporters, adding, "If he felt confident enough to write it down, he should come in and tell us about it".

"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1", said Graham, R-S.C. "But, on the other hand, you have to realize that - as with any other sort of criminal law - intent is key, and intent here can be hard to prove".

The meeting took place February 14, one day after Flynn resigned, according to the Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of an effort to create a paper trail documenting what he saw as Trump's improper influence on the investigation.

Speculation surrounds President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The New York Times first reported news of the memo.

And House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a "brazen attempt" to shut down the FBI's investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Carol Cratty declined to comment.

The White House denied the version of events described in Comey's memo. Publicly saying he saw nothing wrong with demanding such loyalty, the president turned to Twitter with a none-too-subtle threat that Comey would regret any decision to disseminate his version of his conversations with Trump - something that Comey has every right, and indeed a civic duty, to do.

Democrats immediately called for Comey to testify before Congressional committees on the matter.

Schumer said the need for a special prosecutor is stronger after Trump fired Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into the collusion allegations. He said Comey "should come back to the Congress and share with us what he knows in terms of the president's conversations with him on any of the Russian investigations". "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. I have my subpoena pen ready, " he tweeted. At the same time, 38 percent of participants (including a polled Republican majority) agree with the Trump Administration's explanation that Comey was sacked for mishandling the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal. One important example is Trump's brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is created to prevent foreign powers from pressuring USA officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the United States.

Flynn has been under investigation for a variety of issues, including his payments from foreign entities; whether he violated laws requiring registering as an agent of a foreign government; and his communications with Russian officials. Some people under consideration include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia and former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, according to a White House official.

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