Former FBI Director James Comey will be testifying on Thursday before a Senate committee about his previous conversation with President Trump during an Oval Office meeting in February when he was reportedly asked to end the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn who was being investigated over his previous contacts with Russia.
On May 16th the New York Times initially reported a story about the conversation that evolved between President Trump and FBI Director Comey who later wrote down the verbal exchange in a memo after he left their meeting.
According to the memo, President Trump told Director Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” he said.
“He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” President Trump added.
Questions remain if President Trump’s remarks to Director Comey about letting Michael Flynn go during their February meeting constitutes a directive to close an FBI investigation for a White House official who had a close working relationship with the president.
If it is shown to be true during the Senate hearing, it could show a level of interference and manipulation by the president aimed at influencing an independent federal investigation over previous ties between Trump’s staff and Russia and the actions could rise to the level of obstruction of justice.
The White House later released a statement denying the version of events in Comey’s memo.
The Oval Office meeting between President Trump and FBI Director Comey took place two weeks after President Trump asked Director Comey to join him for dinner at the White House on January 27th where he was asked to pledge his loyalty to the president, which he declined to do, according to a Comey associate.
Comey was dismissed from the FBI by President Trump on May 9th, just days after he requested additional resources from the Department of Justice for the FBI’s investigation about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
NBC’s Megyn Kelly Questions Putin Over His Relationship With Flynn
During a recent June 5th interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, NBC News Journalist Megyn Kelly asked the Russian leader if he knew former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Putin replied, ” You and I, we have a much closer relationship than with Mr. Flynn.”
Russian President Putin had previously dined with Michael Flynn in 2015 during a RT T.V. network dinner in which Flynn was invited as a guest.
When asked about the nature of his relationship with Michael Flynn, Russian President Putin explained it wasn’t a very deep relationship.
“I made a speech, then we talked about something else, then I got up and left. Afterwards, I was told, “You know, that American gentleman, he used to do this before, used to work in the special services. And now he does this” Putin said.
“Great,” I said.
“Are you working with him somehow?” “No, we just invited him as a guest, one of the guests.” And I replied: “Well, good for you!” And that’s it.
“I almost did not talk to him. I said hello, we sat next to each other, then I said goodbye and left. This sums up my entire acquaintanceship with Mr. Flynn” President Putin said.
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