President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.
Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Yesterday we learned that the writing of these memos is widespread among intelligence folks working in Washington, which is something that an experienced politician would likely know.
Of course Donald Trump is not an experienced politician.
No, he is the kind of politician who thinks that it is okay to try and kill an investigation into members of his campaign staff, and then fire the FBI Director for not doing it.
This of course follows closely on the previous scandal of Trump sharing classified information with Russian spies.
Which followed the public outcry over Trump seemingly threatening James Comey about some "tapes."
And that scandal followed the previous scandal of Trump firing Comey in the first place.James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
And remember this all happened in just the last week!
So now there is REAL legitimate talk of impeachment, by both sides, and it seems that the Trump presidency is damaged beyond all repair.
In fact this is now so bad that Trump has not even bothered to make it worse by tweeting about it.
That's when you know that the shit has really hit the fan.