President Trump pressured then-FBI director James Comey to pull the plug on the feds’ probe into ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn during an Oval Office sitdown in February, a new report said Tuesday.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey, according to a memo that Comey wrote after the meeting, The New York Times reported.
The president’s request suggested that he personally tried to influence a criminal investigation into a former member of his administration and its possible ties to Russia.
Comey wrote the memo immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned under pressure from the administration for lying to Vice President Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, the paper reported, citing two sources who read the memo.
Comey created a paper trail to document what he thought was the president’s attempt to influence the investigation, which remains ongoing.