Comey: President asked me to let the Flynn case go

The former FBI chief James Comay revealed in prepared remarks Wednesday, ahead of his testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that in a private conversation, President Donald Trump said to him:  in a private conversation: “I want to talk about Mike Flynn.” Flynn had resigned the previous day as National Security Adviser. The President began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President. He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy,” but did not say I would let it go.

He added he did not think the president was referring to the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, only the case of Flynn. These remarks are part of Comey’s opening statement to the public session of the Senate Committee Thursday. The committee hears the intelligence chiefs in closed session later that day. 


 

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