Report: Comey testimony revolves around Trump telling him to back off

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Former FBI director James Comey could take the stand as early as next week to testify before a Senate committee that President Trump asked him to back off the investigation into Mike Flynn.

In February, The New York Times leaked a memo, allegedly written by Comey, in which he recounts how Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn. The memo reportedly states that in reference to the FBI investigation into Flynn, Trump said to Comey, “I hope you can let this go.”

Flynn was forced to resign Feb. 13. The conversation between Trump and Comey, which sparked the memo, took place the day after that.

Quoting a “Comey associate, who wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the testimony,” The Associated Press reported that former FBI director Robert Mueller III, who has been appointed to lead the government’s “Russian probe”, is allowing Comey to make certain statements. However, an actual spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

A separate investigation by a House panel is also asking the FBI to turn over documents related to Comey’s interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department.

Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz was recently hired to deal with the Russian probe.

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