May 16, 2017 05:53 PM
A person familiar with the situation said FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo after a dinner with President Donald Trump that Trump had asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.
The memo followed a Jan. 27 dinner between Trump and Comey.
The FBI declined to comment Tuesday. The White House denied that Trump had made that request of Comey.
The White House said the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey." The White House says that while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Flynn is a "decent man," he has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigations involving him.
Flynn was fired after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russia.
Updated: May 16, 2017 05:53 PM
Created: May 16, 2017 05:47 PM
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