Comey Memo Creates Another Headache For Trump

President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey in February to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote following his Oval Office conversation with Trump.

The revelation deepened a political crisis for Trump’s White House by introducing the possibility that the president may have obstructed justice, an impeachable offense. His administration is already reeling from criticism of his firing of Comey a week ago and a report Monday that Trump revealed sensitive and highly classified intelligence to two Russian diplomats.

Comey didn’t directly respond to Trump’s request, which he made a day after firing Flynn for allegedly deceiving the vice president about contacts with the Russian ambassador, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Comey prepared the account immediately after his meeting with the president, and sent copies of the memo to FBI leadership and to some of his closest associates. The New York Times was first to report on the memo Tuesday.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.