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Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him — NY Times

Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him — NY Times

President Donald Trump's close circle of advisers met Thursday in Washington to discuss the hiring of a personal team of attorneys to represent him through the special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Several weeks after his inauguration, President Trump contacted James Comey, then the FBI director, and asked him when federal authorities planned on spreading the word that he was not personally under investigation, two people with knowledge of the call told The New York Times.

"There is no collusion between, certainly myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself and the Russians". "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump reportedly said.

Chaffetz, who until now has seemed reluctant to investigate the Trump administration, has already scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 24, at 9:30 am - the same day the committee is supposed to receive Comey's memos.

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation.

That was the White House's position initially after the deputy attorney general argued in a memo that Comey had erred in handling the FBI's investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, even though Trump had praised Comey on the campaign trail previous year.

Lynch, a member of the House Oversight Committee, noted that Comey had been invited to testify at a hearing next week, so that members of Congress could question the former FBI director about the Russian Federation investigation and the circumstances surrounding his own firing.

Trump also regularly makes himself available to the press, often speaking to reporters and appearing in televised interviews.