Posted: 6:48 pm Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
The White House on Tuesday evening denied a report from the New York Times, telling reporters that President Donald Trump never asked former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as Trump officials again found themselves under siege from breaking news.
“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 White House said in a statement.
“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 read.
BREAKING: AP source: Comey wrote in memo that President Donald Trump asked him to end FBI investigation into former aide Flynn.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 16, 2017
Other news organizations swiftly followed the story of the New York Times, which said Comey had memorialized his meetings with the President, and left memos for other high ranking FBI officials.
Democrats immediately called for Comey to testify before Congressional committees on the matter.
“He (Comey) needs to come back before the Congress and share with the public what conversations he had with the President,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
There were also Republicans asking for the same.
These serious allegations effect our nat'l security & they carry very real consequences. It's time for Comey to testify before Congress.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) May 16, 2017
“It’s time for Comey to testify before Congress,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee indicated he was ready to subpoena any memos written by Comey.
“I have my subpoena pen ready,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Twitter.
.@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
Chaffetz did not wait long, as he sent the FBI a letter asking for the Comey memos, that involved his meetings with President Trump.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.