President Donald Trump attempted to get former FBI Director James Comey to kill the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a new report from the New York Times.
The Times report cites a memo written by Comey shortly after his conversation with Trump. The Times reported parts of the memo were read to one of its reporters by a source identified as one of Comey's associates.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump allegedly told Comey. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."
The Times described the memo as "part of paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation."
Former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller alluded to the release of such a memo around the time Comey was fired, tweeting, "One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: He leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened. Stay tuned."
The White House denied the allegation in a statement to the Times, saying the account relayed to the paper is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey."