The New York Times is reporting that a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey details President Trump asking him to end the investigation into alleged improprieties of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Sources claim Comey wrote the memo after a meeting with President Trump the day after Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor. The existence of a Comey memo could be a bombshell.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The Contents and Existence of the Comey Memo
The New York Times has not seen the Comey memo. Instead, a source close to Comey read the contents to the Times. According to the Times, Comey kept detailed notes of each of his meetings with President Trump.
Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president, the two people said. It is unclear whether Mr. Comey told the Justice Department about the conversation or his memos.
Most noteworthy, we don’t have proof this memo exists.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
Comey has not spoken and confirmed the veracity of such a memo. It is important that he speak up immediately before this situation becomes more untenable.
What Happens Next?
Especially relevant is why were contents of the memo leaked?
Sure sounds that way, but the person best positioned to do so apparently thinks it's not his job https://t.co/dvj90PffHX
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 16, 2017
Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says he will need to see Comey's memo, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready."
— BNO News (@BNONews) May 16, 2017
Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says Comey never brought up the memo in conversation and is also calling for solid, verifiable proof of its existence.
Senate Intel Chair Burr says Comey never told him about Trump convo. https://t.co/0mAz4R894h
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 16, 2017
“I actually believe the director might have told us that there’d been a request like that and it was never mentioned by him,” the North Carolina Republican told reporters. “So somebody’s going to have to do more than have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there’s something there.”
Consequently, Senator Lindsey Graham has already asked Comey to testify:
“I’ve asked Comey to come before the Judiciary Committee to tell his side of the story,” Graham told reporters. “I think it would be good for him if he did. It would be good for the country.”
However, another Senator is already raising the possibility of impeachment:
In CNN interview just now, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) uses the I-word — "impeachment" — for the first time.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) May 16, 2017
Furthermore, noted fabulist Richard Blumenthal is calling for a special prosecutor:
Independent special prosecutor. Now. https://t.co/7wy0yt5agv
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 16, 2017
This is not a situation going away soon. Hence, Congress will get involved and ask for the memo.
What do you think happens next? Share your thoughts.