Comey wrote a memo to document how Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation
Upon former FBI director James Comey’s firing, pundits and politicians alike headed to their local bulk store to stock up on popcorn for what promises to be a series of epic acts of revenge through receipts. As Axios’ Jonathan Swan and former DOJ flack Matthew Miller put it, Comey’s only just begun, starting first with the revelation of Donald Trump’s pledge of allegiance, where the president asked for loyalty above all else then promptly fired Comey upon failing to receive it. His latest act? Documenting a terse meeting with Trump where he was urged to let that whole Michael Flynn investigation go because the general’s “a good guy.”
According to The New York Times, Comey was uncomfortable with his relationship with the president, so he did what any expert in the intelligence community would: He documented the heck out of his encounters with Trump.
Per a memo penned by Comey, the two met on February 14 to discuss recently resigned former national security adviser Flynn, who’d lied to vice president Mike Pence about speaking with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Trump made it clear he wanted the investigation into Flynn’s wrongdoings shut down. “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.” Comey demurred, though he did agree that Flynn was a good guy. It’s not Flynn’s pleasant demeanor detracts from blatantly lying to Pence and being shady as shit, though.
It’s no secret Trump’s no fan of leaks, and there’s no better example of the paranoia and ire that grips him than the way he started his meeting with Comey — by proclaiming that reporters should be locked up if they publish classified information. The White House has denied the memo’s contents.
It also appears that the Senate Intelligence Committee is doing its damnedest to distance itself from Comey, swapping out his scheduled Thursday appearance with testimony from acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Committee chair Richard Burr has also shifted focus of the memos from Comey to the outlet reporting on it.
The New York Times was unable to view a physical copy of the memo, though the Gray Lady reports that associates of Comey read portions from the document to reporters.
[New York Times | Photo: Getty]