"He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction", Mr. Wittes said Mr. Comey told him.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey documented each phone call and meeting he had with President Donald Trump in an apparent attempt to create a paper trail of the president's efforts to sway investigators. The memo emerged in press accounts this week after being revealed by Comey associates, in the wake of Trump's decision to fire Comey last week.
Republican lawmakers also want to "distance themselves from a scandal that is threatening to overwhelm this Presidency", Mahaffee said.More news: Trump open to engagement with North Korea under right conditions
"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving Gen. Flynn", the White House said in a written statement.
Comey, whose firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing Trump's comments to him in February saying 'I hope you can let this go, ' referring to the Flynn probe, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey. The investigation goes well beyond Flynn, Manafort and a possible American connection, to include how Russian intelligence services carried out the campaign of fake news and leaking hacked emails that intelligence officials say was meant to hurt Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump.
The denials amount to Trump's most extensive, public response yet to the wave of negative reports aimed at the White House and members of the Trump administration.More news: Congressman Calls For Trump's Impeachment During House Floor Speech
"There is a new story and a new headline every day", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who sits on the Oversight Committee.
The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials - including the Secret Service director - had gathered.
Trump did end up calling out Comey.More news: North Korea War a 'High Possibility,' South Korea's New President Says
The U.S. has seen job gains, a decrease in illegal border crossings and military success against Islamic State since he became president, he said. Other advisers joined the discussion, with a goal of presenting the President with a plan for outside legal counsel as the Russian Federation investigation enters a new and potentially perilous phase for the White House.
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