White House offers muted response on Comey memo

Amos Gonzales
May 18, 2017

In the memo, which was shared with top Federal Bureau of Investigation associates, Comey wrote that Trump said, "I hope you can let this go", in relation to the probe.

A source close to Comey confirmed to ABC News that the former FBI director, who was sacked last week, was asked by Trump in February to end the investigation into Flynn's actions, according to a memo Comey wrote about his conversation with the president.

Shortly after Warner's comments, the committee released a statement from him and chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, reiterating their request for Comey to testify and to acting director Andrew McCabe to turn over documents "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts".

James Comey, who was sacked by President Trump last week, said that during a meeting at the Oval Office in February, the president asked him to shut down the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, reports the New York Times.

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McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation. There is the mythology of the firing of FBI Director James Comey as advanced by the White House, and then there is the reality.

"I hope you can let this go", the president told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote the day after the meeting.

"We don't really know what took place here, and we need to find out", Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview today on "Good Morning America".

The precise details of Mr. Trump's remarks to the Russians remain in dispute, with the White House insisting the conversation was "wholly appropriate", but some lawmakers have questioned the decision to share sensitive information from a vital US ally with an adversary. The hearing is expected to looking specifically at Trump's influence on the investigation into Trump, his allies and their connections to Russian Federation. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.

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