President Trump’s first trip abroad is giving the press something else to focus on, but the embers of the Russian probe are still burning.
Possibly the biggest news from last week are the reports of memos kept by ousted FBI Director James Comey.
More specifically, the news that within those memos, Comey may have documented a conversation with Trump, in which the newly inaugurated president asked him to drop the investigation surrounding his national security adviser pick, Michael Flynn, lit up the internet with armchair prosecutors crying, “Obstruction!”
So are they right?
That part isn’t so clear.
The latest on that front, however, adds another troubling piece.
According to a report out Monday, back in March Trump spoke to two intelligence officials and asked them to publicly announce that there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Trump reportedly asked Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to make public statements that there were no ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Both officials refused to do so because they thought the requests were inappropriate, according to the report.
I’m going to say “inappropriate” is a delicate way to put it.
If true, it gives weight to the earlier report of Trump attempting to persuade Comey to “let Flynn go.”
With the heat of the Russia investigation swirling around the Trump administration, it’s not so much the one, big bombshell, but the outbreak of so many small, nagging accounts flaring up at once, and all seemingly flowing in the same direction.
Senior White House officials also reportedly asked how they could directly intervene with former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official reportedly asked.
So many questions, but so few answers, at this point.
Trump’s requests were allegedly made in March, just after Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, where he confirmed that the FBI was investigating Russia and possible collusion.