Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn probe

And House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a "brazen attempt" to shut down the FBI's investigation. Comey created several memos of encounters with Trump to ensure that a record would exist of conversations he found odd or troubling, according to the person. "I have my subpoena pen ready", Chaffetz tweeted.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

Comey - who was sacked one week ago by Trump amid the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia - wrote in the February memo that Trump asked for the investigation of Flynn to go away - to which Comey gave a non-response response.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he will ask Comey for additional material as part of the panel's investigation.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo.

Comey's bombshell account of the February conversation is the latest headache for a White House increasingly in turmoil.

In the question-and-answer session that followed, McMaster said on eight separate occasions that Trump's revelations to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak were "wholly appropriate".

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In a statement from its press office, the White House said Tuesday that "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

The turmoil overshadowed Republican legislative priorities such as healthcare and tax reform and laid bare sharp divisions between the White House and USA intelligence agencies, which concluded late a year ago that Russian Federation had tried to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. "And I hope that we can get Comey to come up here and testify".

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday. The incident was first reported Tuesday by the The New York Times. This is a popular White House refrain, in line with the belief that a bureaucratic "Deep State" is trying to undermine the administration from within.

January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration.

Some Democratic lawmakers and former intelligence officials warned that, depending on what exactly Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the lives of those gathering the intel provided by Israel to the USA may now be at risk.

The White House says the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey". "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways". At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate: "history is watching". Comey had told Congress that Abedin had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified information.

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