POTUS reportedly urged James Comey to drop Michael Flynn investigation -Tom McCarthy, Lauren Gambino, Sabrina Siddiqui and Ben Jacobs First published on Tuesday 16 May 2017 18.00 EDT

Comey memos show president asked the former FBI director to ‘let go’ investigation, and House Republicans have called for a release of any documents

Trump reportedly asked James Comey to drop an investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Donald Trump directly asked the former FBI director, James Comey, to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to notes kept at the time by Comey and first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times.

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

The latest crisis to beset the White House came just 24 hours after the first reports emerged of Trump having shared classified intelligence with Russia during Oval Office talks.

The new development spurred Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose support Trump needs, out of their stance of passive support for the president. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the oversight and government reform committee, formally asked the FBI to turn over to the committee all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or related to any communications between Comey and the president”.

A spokesperson for House speaker Paul Ryan encouraged the move. “We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House oversight committee to request this memo,” Ryan’s office said.

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