President Trump is facing yet another controversy after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that he requested FBI Director James Comey to close the federal investigation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn during a February closed door meeting in the Oval Office, according to a memo that Director Comey wrote following their meeting.
The memo reveals President Trump’s motives to directly coerce and control a federal investigation that involves ties between his associates and Russia.
According to the memo, President Trump told FBI Director Comey, ” I hope you can let this go” in regards to the Bureau’s investigation of Michael Flynn who just served 24 days as national security adviser and was forced to resign on February 13, 2017 after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence discovered that he failed to disclose about his earlier communications with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
President Trump has been stung by self-inflicted wounds concerning the U.S. intelligence community, varying from his reluctance to accept their findings about the Russian government’s involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 presidential election, to his unsubstantiated March 4th claims on Twitter about former U.S. President Barack Obama wiretapping him at Trump Tower, to last week’s unexpected firing of the FBI director that was based on a series of contradictory and confusing released statements.
President Trump has anything but a normal working relationship with the U.S. intelligence community he oversees and is expected to rely upon for national security.
Appearing mistrustful and vindictive towards the U.S. intelligence community, the latest report on Tuesday involving Director Comey’s memo suggests a heavy handed, intrusive U.S. president who seeks to run the presidency as if he were a CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation with little understanding about the workings of government.
On Monday a Washington Post article explained that President Trump’s meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kislyak at the the Oval Office was poorly handled by the president who went off script and disclosed highly classified information that could have compromised the identity and safety of the confidential U.S. partner in Syria who has previously voiced frustration with Washington’s inability to safeguard sensitive information related to Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. officials.
The latest report on Tuesday from the New York Times regarding Director Comey’s memo that suggests President Trump’s interference with a federal investigation, was written one day after Michal Flynn was forced to resign and shows President Trump was concerned about the details and fallout that could surface regarding former National Security Adviser Flynn whose past business dealings with Russia and Turkey were recently subpoenaed by a federal court.
According to one of Comey’s associates who read Comey’s memo to the New York Times, President Trump told Director Comey during their private Oval Office meeting,
“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” President Trump said.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday denying the portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey, first reported by the New York Times.
Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted on Tuesday that a special prosecutor is needed after President Trump wanted to stop the FBI investigation, which is the definition of obstruction of justice.
Donald Trump wanted to stop the FBI investigation, which is the definition of obstruction of justice. We need a special prosecutor.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 17, 2017
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