I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go, Trump told Comey, according to Comeys record of the meeting, as reported by the Times. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.
The new development spurred Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose support Trump needs, out of their stance of passive support for the president. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the oversight and government reform committee, formally asked the FBI to turn over to the committee all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or related to any communications between Comey and the president.
A spokesperson for House speaker Paul Ryan encouraged the move. We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House oversight committee to request this memo, Ryans office said.
The White House rushed out a statement on Tuesday denying that the president had told Comey to drop his investigation, while acknowledging a conversation had happened between Trump and Comey.
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 statement said. 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.