Viewers tuning into CNN and Fox News on Tuesday evening for coverage of the purported memo by former FBI Director James B. Comey were treated to wildly different accounts.
A close associate of Comey confirmed that the FBI director had written a memo reporting that President Trump had asked Comey to "lay ... off" the investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn and his connections to Russian officials. The memo, as first reported by the New York Times, was written after Comey met with the president in February.
While CNN's coverage focused heavily on whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice, much of Fox News' coverage implied the media reports were part of a campaign by Democrats and those media outlets to discredit Trump. "Dems & Media in meltdown over Trump-Russia ties,” read a headline.
It’s the latest chapter in the continuing saga of President Trump’s ties to Russia.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced of a memo written by then-FBI Director James B. Comey recording the highlights of a conversation he had with Trump in February about Michael Flynn, who had recently resigned as national security advisor.
Comey, whom Trump fired last week, oversaw a federal investigation of Flynn that centers on his ties to Russia while he worked on Trump’s campaign last year. That FBI investigation remains open.
House Republicans quickly brushed off the latest allegations over President Trump's conversations with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, but Democrats pushed for fuller airing in what they warned could be obstruction of justice by the White House.
Republicans were returning to the House for the first votes of the week late Tuesday when it was reported, initially by the New York Times, that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to halt the investigation of Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.
"He's under total assault," said Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.).
President Trump, in a private meeting with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, asked him to end the criminal investigation into ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting.
According to the memo, the meeting took place Feb. 14, which was the day after Trump fired Flynn. An associate of Comey who has read the memo described its contents. It was first reported by the New York Times.
Comey wrote a number of other memos to record Trump’s statements that he found troublesome, the associate said.
President Trump met with then-FBI Director James B. Comey in mid-February and asked him to end the bureau's investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former White House national security advisor, the New York Times reported.
Comey wrote a memo for his files describing the meeting with Trump, which took place on Feb. 14, according to the article. That would be the day after Trump fired Flynn from his White House job. Two people who had read the memo described its contents, the newspaper said.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the article. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Texas Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be FBI director, telling the Trump administration that he'll stay in the Senate.
Cornyn was interviewed for the post after President Trump fired James Comey. But he said in a statement Tuesday that “the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate.”
A source familiar with Cornyn's thinking said the senator felt “obligated” to consider the job because a friend, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, asked him to. The source declined to be named because the decision was private.
As the Trump administration moves toward a likely ban on computer laptops in cabins of airliners flying from Europe, two of the nation’s top security officials will be in Brussels tomorrow to talk with some of America’s closest allies about a looming terrorist threat — the same topic that President Trump discussed with Russian officials in the Oval Office last week.
Airlines and security officials in Europe have expressed concern about the administration’s plans, which would inconvenience travelers and disrupt airports just as the busy trans-Atlantic summer tourist season begins.
The plan — which could affect additional countries outside of Europe, according to a U.S. official — would expand a U.S. prohibition that already affects flights from ten airports in North Africa and the Middle East.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he is disturbed by reports that President Trump shared classified material about Islamic State with Russia.
Here's what the congressman from Burbank said during an interview on the sidelines of the Center for American Progress conference in Washington.
On what he's looking for in tonight's CIA briefing: We certainly are going to want to know whether there were any compromises of classified information, of our sources and methods, what impact this might have on our intel relationships, what mitigation steps are necessary.
The White House national security advisor again denied that President Trump improperly shared classified information with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week, seeking to quell growing criticism of Trump's reported disclosure.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, H.R. McMaster called Trump's conversation “consistent with the routine sharing of information” between the president and a foreign power.
McMaster said Trump "wasn't even aware" of the source of the information and again called "the premise" of a Washington Post report that Trump had improperly shared highly classified intelligence "false."