WH on NYT Report: ‘The President Has Never Asked Mr. Comey … to End Any Investigation’

By Melanie Arter | May 16, 2017 | 8:09 PM EDT

Former FBI Director James Comey (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House Tuesday denied a New York Times report claiming that President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during an Oval Office meeting in February just one day after Flynn resigned.

“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,” the statement continued.

The White House noted that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate last week that the White House did not interfere with any investigation.

According to the NY Times, Comey wrote in a memo that the president told him “let this go.”

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Comey reportedly quoted the president as saying during their meeting in February. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

The NY Times article stated:

“Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

“Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.”