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Trump asked ex-FBI chief to stop Flynn-Russia probe, says report


Washington : US President Donald Trump had asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russia, according to a media report.

The latest crisis to beset Trump came just 24 hours after another report accused him of sharing classified intelligence with Russia during Oval Office talks with Russian officials.

The New York Times said that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation against Flynn.

“He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Trump is quoted as telling Comey. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the former FBI chief’s record of the meeting, as reported by the Times.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump’s election campaign had links with Russia’s alleged interference in the US polls.

Sourcing its story based on two people who read the memo, the daily claimed that Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with Trump immediately after the meeting, which took place a day after Flynn resigned.

A day earlier, The Washington Post also published a report which alleged that Trump shared “highly classified” information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting last week.

The White House swung into action after the latest revelations and strongly refuted the latest report.

“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the resident has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” a White House official said.