Quotes from Comey memo do not support NY Times characterization of his comments about Flynn

Power Line:
Apparently the Democratic Party press has anti-Trump stories lined up and ready to drop every two or three days. The latest comes from the New York Times, which headlines: “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation.”

As usual, the paper’s sources are anonymous moles within the federal bureaucracy, presumably the FBI:

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.

Note that the statement attributed to the president does not support either the reporter’s characterization or the headline. Next comes the reporter’s editorializing:

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.

Has the reporter seen Comey’s memo? No.
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It could not be clearer that Trump did not order him to shut down the investigation.  If he had Comey's memo would have reflected that.

This is just the latest in the media conspiracy with Democrats to construct the elements of a coup against the President.  As the post suggest, it is an ongoing conspiracy.

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