Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

Writing the memo was "not out of character", especially if he was concerned about the legality or moral issues, according to a former Justice Department official.

The New York Times first reported news of the memo.

President Donald Trump came under pressure on Tuesday from us lawmakers, including his fellow Republicans, to explain why he shared highly sensitive intelligence information with senior Russian officials at a meeting in the Oval Office last week. The letter was released just hours after it was disclosed that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to shut down a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The associate also confirmed that Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room before speaking privately with Comey about Flynn, and that the president told Comey he believed Flynn was a "good guy" and asked if the FBI could end the investigation into him. But Comey did not say anything to Trump about limiting the investigation, replying, "I agree he is a good guy".

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". Richard Nixon was impeached in 1974 for telling the FBI to stop an investigation of his campaign.

The associate who described the memo said Comey is willing to testify but wants to do it in public to ensure a full airing of events.

"He would love to have them", the source said.

According to Jimmy Gurulé, a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame who served as assistant attorney general for George H.W. Bush and undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement under George W. Bush, the report suggested that Trump's actions were worse than inappropriate. The White House says that while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Flynn is a "decent man", he has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigations involving him.

As part of that paper trail, Comey had written a memo after a meeting he had with the president in February, officials told the Times.

The two top Republicans in Congress, which is controlled by the party, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, were muted in their response.

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Schiff also said "If necessary we should subpoena (tapes) of Comey conversation if they exist".

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

Comey had already been invited to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday about his firing a week ago, but he declined the invitation.

A USA president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but multiple US and allied officials told Reuters that Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has some intelligence on Islamic State.

The person says the objective of the memos was to keep a record of encounters Comey found odd or troubling.

"If I thought there was inappropriate behavior by the President, sure", Graham said.

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the exchange is that it represents an "unprecedented" departure from the practices of previous presidential administrations with regard to leak investigations, said Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

There is no sign the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is closing.

It was not the investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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