President Trump asks FBI to drop investigation into aide over Russia links

President Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into his former aides links with Russia, it has sensationally been claimed.

Comey took contemporaneous notes of all his conversations and meetings with Trump before he was fired, it is said.

And one such memo reveals that Trump said he hoped Comey would "let go" an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House has denied the latest sensational report in the New York Times, saying: "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr Comey."

Although the Times did not obtain Comey's notes, they were read them by their sources.

The Times reported that Comey quoted Trump as telling him at the meeting: "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."

The February 14 meeting took place one day after Flynn resigned as national security adviser.

He was forced out after The Washington Post reported that he gave false information to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in late December.

The Times story is the latest bombshell report to have gripped Washington.

On Monday, the Post reported that Trump gave classified information in a meeting the two Russian officials Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov - last week.

"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 said in its statement.

"The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations."


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