The leaks about the Trump White House took a dramatic new turn with The New York Times story about a conversation between the president and former FBI Director James Comey about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
Flynn was fired for failing to provide an accurate account of his Dec. 30 phone conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Thereafter the FBI began to look at Flynn’s ties to Russia.
A few days after Flynn was fired, Trump and Comey spoke about the FBI investigation. According to a memo Comey reportedly wrote shortly afterward, Trump suggested that the investigation be dropped. “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy.”
At first glance this brings back memories of Richard Nixon and the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. After that happened, it was simply a matter of time before Nixon was forced to resign. Is that where we are, then?
Not so fast. The White House immediately issued a denial. “The president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn . . . This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”