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Comey claimed Trump asked him to SHUT DOWN Flynn probe

According to a report published by the New York Times Tuesday, the president "condemned leaks to the news media" in an Oval Office meeting with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director in mid-February.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. "He is a good guy".

Trump and Pence were in a briefing with "other senior national security officials" when Trump emptied the room of everyone besides Comey, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week the investigation is "highly significant" and said Comey's dismissal would do nothing to impede the probe. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey's associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter. "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", a statement quoted by the Times says.

In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public.

Toobin said that if Comey's memo was accurate: "I don't know how anyone can see this comment as anything but obstruction of justice".

The existence of Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation into links between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

Flynn was sacked on February 13 after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia; Flynn had been speaking with Kislyak during the transition period between Election Day and Trump's inauguration.

Trump said in a television interview that one of the reasons was because he believed "this Russian Federation thing" was a "made-up story".

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Trump was apparently referring to the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence inquiry into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates - including Flynn - and Russian officials seeking to influence the presidential election. It is unclear whether Comey told the Justice Department about the conversation or his memos.

November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" that she should not face criminal charges.

Trump also claimed in his letter firing Comey that the FBI director had told him on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation. Flynn initially denied discussing the sanctions, but later said the subject may have surfaced.

February 14, 2017: Comey speaks with Trump in the Oval Office a day after Flynn is ousted.

Trump fired Comey last week. At that dinner, on January 27, Trump asked Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty, which Comey declined, according to one of Comey's associates.

Flynn is a retired general who became a prominent Trump supporter and surrogate during the campaign.

Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks earlier that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump took power on January 20.

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