Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Me.) released the following statement yesterday in response to the New York Times report stating that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia:
“Every day we learn more disturbing details about how the President has interfered in the investigation of his ties to Russia. Tonights New York Times report begs more questions and causes Americans to feel less safe and lose faith in the institutions which uphold our Democracy. When Michael Flynn resigned, I joined nearly two hundred of my House colleagues in co-sponsoring a bill to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate President Trump’s Russian ties. Tomorrow morning I will join these same colleagues for a press conference to highlight the urgent need to pass the Swalwell-Cummings Protecting Our Democracy Act. Our nation needs to move beyond headlines and on to answers about President Trump’s vested interest in Russia and the actions he may have taken to cover up the truth,” the Congresswoman’s press release ended.
“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 F. 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.” These above quotes are from The New York Times, front page, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.