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Comey wrote in a memo that Trump asked to end the Michael Flynn investigation


President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to end the investigation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo Comey wrote

"I hope you can let this go," Comey wrote, quoting the President. 

The New York Times first reported on the unclassified memo, saying that Comey shared it with senior FBI officials, but the newspaper itself has not viewed a physical copy. 

Trump told Comey that Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to The New York Times report regarding the memo. 

The memo, according to the New York Times, serves as the clearest evidence that Trump attempted to interfere with the Justice Department and the FBI's investigation into whether members of his campaign had ties to Russia.  

The White House responded the New York Times report, saying the memo inaccurately described those events.

"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 a statement.

"The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey."

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly began demanding answers.

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