Donald Trump denied on Thursday ever have asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments.
Trump made an appearance at a press conference with the Colombian president on Thursday. “No. No. Next question,” Trump replied when asked about the New York Times report that Comey had written a memo documenting the February 14 exchange.
Trump decided to make the abrupt decision to fire Comey last week, a decision that shocked many. At firs the White House said the decision came after recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
However, later Trump said that Comey was a “showboat” and a “grandstander” in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt last Thursday.
He went on to tweet Friday that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
The New York Times went on to report last week that Comey wrote a memo that stated Trump asked him to stop the Flynn investigation. The document “was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation.”
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”