Republican Legislators' Initial Responses To Reports That Trump Asked Comey To 'Let Go' Of An Investigation

"Get it all out."

On Tuesday, May 16, The New York Times reported that a just-surfaced memo written by James Comey described a private meeting in which President Trump asked the then-FBI director to "let go" of the bureau's investigation of Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser. 

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump said, according to The Times"He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

Despite the president's reported request, Flynn remains under investigation for communications with and financial ties to foreign entities, which he did not disclose while seeking security clearance for his work in the Trump administration. (The White House has denied The New York Times' report.)

Understandably, it seems that many legislators are still processing the news. Following the publication of the New York Times article regarding the memo, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted that there was "lots of chatter from Ds and Rs about the exact definition of 'obstruction of justice'" — the implication being that members of both major parties are concerned that Trump, in asking Comey to let go of the Flynn investigation, may have committed an impeachable offense. 

Although it's not atypical for legislators to mind the party line in moments like these and some members of the House have already defended Trump on television, many Republicans have joined their Democratic colleagues in calling for the investigation of claims made about a Republican president. 

Late Tuesday night, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), requested that the FBI deliver "all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring to or relating to any communications between Comey and the president" to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he oversees.

Said Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ): the "American people deserve to hear all facts."


1. "I have my subpoena pen ready."

2. "These serious allegations [affect] our nat'l security."

3. "American people deserve to hear all facts."

4. Comey should testify "as soon as possible."

5. "It would be more than deeply troubling."

6. "We must get to the bottom of these [allegations]."

7. "If the president said, 'You have to stop this investigation, that's interfering with an investigation."

8. "Get it all out."

9. "I want to hear it from him."

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect Chaffetz's request to the FBI.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Alan Freed. 


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