According to a memo reportedly created by former FBI Director James Comey contemporaneously with a meeting that he had with President Trump, the President asked him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
In the memo, which was read to a New York Times reporter, Trump asked others who were present at the meeting, including Vice President Pence and Attorney General Sessions, to leave the room except for Comey. After the room cleared, Trump told Comey “I hope you let it go,” referring to Flynn. He then sought secrecy of the conversation from Comey reportedly so that it does not affect others who were conducting the investigation.
“Three words: Obstruction of justice,” Toobin said in response to Wolf Blitzer. “Why do you think Comey wrote a memo to the file about it? Because he was so appalled that a president of the United States would behave in this way. ‘Close it down’ is an instruction to stop investigating. Richard Nixon was [nearly] impeached for asking the FBI to stop an investigation into his campaign.”
Political strategist David Axelrod, who served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said that he had not been one to rush to talk about impeachment, but that the newest allegations are simply explosive.
The report comes as the White House was scrambling to deal with revelations that Trump divulged highly classified information to Russian officials during a bizarre visit to the Oval Office where American media was excluded, but Russian state media was allowed to photograph the event. The bombshell allegations had garnered so much concerned in the White House that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster not only was forced to do an emergency press conference, but actually also did the White House daily press briefing which is normally done by the Press Secretary.
Last week, Trump tweeted that he may have tape recordings of conversations between the two. If true, those tapes are sure to be subpoenaed by Congress and investigators as they are likely to be essential to proving guilt or innocence.
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