James Comey, the former FBI director who was fired by President Trump last month, is anticipated to inform a Senate committee that the president asked him to back off the investigation into Mike Flynn, a source informed The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
The report stated Comey could give his testimony as early as next week.
The New York Times initially reported that Comey in February wrote a memo that Trump had asked him to close down the examination into former national security consultant. The memo’s presence was verified by Fox News.
The memo supposedly stated that Trump said to Comey that,”I hope you can let this go.”The president was supposedly referring Comey’s FBI’s examination into Flynn.
Flynn was forced to resign Feb. 13, the day prior to the discussion between Trump and Comey depicted in the memo.
A spokesman for Mueller, a previous FBI director, declined to comment. Mueller’s probe might conceivably look at the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing.
Congress is presently out of session. It resumes next Tuesday. No date for testimony in front of the intelligence committee has actually been set.
The Home panel pursuing its own examination of the Trump campaign and possible Russia ties has actually also inquired from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents associated to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his project worked together with Russia ahead of the governmental election. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted “Witch Hunt!” in reference to testimony by Comey and previous CIA director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.
But later on in the day, the White House showed it was beginning to unload the Russia crisis to Trump’s long time personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
At a Wednesday rundown, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer a reporter’s concerns about developments in the probe, saying all such queries need to be directed to Trump’s outside counsel.
It marked the first time the White House officially acknowledged that outside counsel had actually been retained.