A recently found memo written by fired FBI Director James Comey shows Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI investigation into his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn. According to the memo, the president at one point told Comey, “I hope you can let this go.”
Evidence Trump Obstructed Justice
The recent revelations show that Trump was knowingly involved in an instance of obstruction of justice. According to the New York Times, the memo proves Trump attempted to influence the FBI and DOJ probe into the alleged connections between his associates and Russian operatives.
Comey wrote the note after Flynn stepped down in February. One day after the Trump aide’s resignation, Comey and Trump met to discuss the revelations that Russia and Flynn colluded before Trump assumed office. Following the meeting, the FBI chief wrote the memo as part of extensive “paper trail” designed to document Trump’s efforts to influence the outcome of the FBI investigation.
There May be Other Memos
In other words, Comey may have produced more written evidence on the issue. Under the U.S. law, notes written by FBI agents while probing an issue can be used in court as credible evidence. Two people familiar with the matter confirmed the FBI head wrote other memos during the Russia probe. Some of those memos, which are classified, document every interaction between Trump and Comey such as phone calls and meetings.
These memos are not the property of Comey, and he needs to turn them over immediately to the FBI. Since they are evidence, it is necessary for the chain of custody to remain intact.
In the said memo, Trump repeatedly asked Comey to kill the investigation into his associate’s ties to the Russians. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Trump reportedly told Comey.
The president also argued that his disgraced national security adviser had done nothing wrong. Comey’s response to the request was that he agreed Flynn was a good guy, but he never pledged to drop the investigation.
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