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Trump denies he asked FBI director to go easy on Flynn

Laura King, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Sunday that he did not ask FBI Director James Comey to refrain from an investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The position, articulated in a Twitter post sent from Trump's account, contradicts statements made under oath by Comey, who was subsequently fired by the president after refusing to back down in the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.

Comey has told Congress that the president, in a private conversation of which he made contemporaneous notes, asked him to desist in the Flynn investigation.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about discussions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The White House said at the time that Flynn was fired because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence.

 

On Saturday, a post on Trump's Twitter account said Flynn was fired because he lied to both Pence and the FBI.

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