— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) May 16, 2017
As the New York Times reports this afternoon, President Trump’s situation regarding allegations of ties to Russia just zoomed past “bad” and “worse” and is careening toward “catastrophic”:
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 existence 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. [Pols emphasis]
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. The memo 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.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.
It appears that President Trump severely underestimated James Comey, the former FBI Director who was fired for investigating allegations of Russian collusion with Trump and/or his 2016 campaign for President. Comey’s notes of conversations with Trump are a smoking gun, to say the least, and it sure feels like this is only going to get worse from here. Even the most diehard Trump supporter would have a hard time convincing themselves that the President can recover from this now.
And as for Colorado Republicans such as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma)…well, let’s just say you’re on the wrong train. It has most definitely left the station.