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Trump asked Comey to shut down investigation of Flynn, New York Times reports

 (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

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.”

A memo of that sort would be consistent with a practice Comey is known to have established earlier in his career of writing memos to document incidents that he found noteworthy or disturbing.

The White House contested the article, saying in a statement that "the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”

“The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey,” the statement said, according to the article. 

Comey was fired by Trump on May 9.

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