VIA| The New York Times alleges that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation of General Michael Flynn during a January 27th meeting between the two men. The allegations stem from details of a memo written by Comey and leaked to the Times.
“I hope you can let this go,” President Trump allegedly told Mr. Comey at their oval office meeting.
The New York Times themselves did not review a copy of the unclassified memo, instead relying on an unnamed source to describe its contents.
Trump’s request to Comey–if it could be accurately described as such–came after it had been announced that the Bureau had reviewed Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador and found nothing illicit.
On January 23rd, The Washington Post published a report that the FBI had completed its review of General Flynn’s calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak.
The Post reported:
The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn — national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump — but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.
In addition, U.S. officials reported that Flynn himself was not the active target of an FBI investigation. Rather, it was reported that his conversations had been picked up during “routine surveillance” by intelligence officials.