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Trump 'asked FBI chief to end Flynn probe'

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017

US President Donald Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to drop an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser  Michael T Flynn and Russia, US media has reported.

The meeting between Trump and Comey took place at the Oval Office in February, according to a memo Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," the president told Comey, according to the memo, quoted by media. "He is a good guy."

Comey did not respond to his request, according to the memo, but replied: "I agree he is a good guy."

The documentation of Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation into links between Trump’s associates and Russia, said the New York Times.

The latest Russian twist comes a week after Trump fired Comey over his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while at the state department.

The White House has denied the allegation in a statement. "The president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn," it said.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the FBI turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Trump and Comey.

Such documents, Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the FBI.

Flynn was forced out in February after he misled the vice-president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office.




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