It has long been suspected that James Comey kept paper trails of his activities, as any good intelligence official does. However, it seems that Comey is especially meticulous. This is very bad news for Donald Trump and the White House, as is evidenced by yet another bombshell that dropped on Tuesday.
A new report from the New York Times says that Trump actually tried to get Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn and the now-former National Security Adviser’s ties to Russia. Trump asked Comey for this extremely shady favor just one day after Flynn was forced to resign in disgrace for lying to the vice president.
According to the memo that is part of the paper trail left by Comey, Trump actually asked the then-FBI Director directly to stop looking into Flynn, saying during a private Oval Office meeting:
“I hope you can let this go.”
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
If this is true, this is obstruction of justice, straight from the president himself. Trump is not above the law. He cannot just make things go away for his friends in high places. Trump seems to think he is a king or a dictator of some sort. He is soon to learn otherwise.
Of course, the White House is scrambling to deny that the piece in the Times is at all true saying that Trump never, ever requested that Comey “end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.” They go on to say:
“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.”
That won’t hold up for long, though. This first leaked memo is just the first tantalizing taste to drop from a longer trail of documents that Comey kept on what he seemed to believe was Trump’s repeated attempts to use his position to influence people and outcomes of situations in inappropriate ways, specifically with regards to the Russia investigation. Who knows what else might come out?
Trump is in deep sh*t. He messed with the wrong man when he tried to bully James Comey. If things keep going the way they are, Trump will be impeached – or in jail – by the end of the year.
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