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US President accused of asking FBI Chief to drop Flynn inquiry

President Donald Trump has been accused of asking the FBI chief James Comey to drop an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia.

Mr Comey reportedly wrote a memo following a meeting with the president on 14 February that revealed Mr Trump asked him to close an investigation into Mr Flynn’s actions.

Reports say that the White House has however denied the allegation.

According to the reports president Donald Trump told Mr Comey he should can let go of the investigation between his ex-national security adviser and Russia, after a White House meeting in February this year

Mr Comey reportedly wrote a memo following a meeting with the president on 14 February that revealed Mr Trump asked him to close an investigation into Mr Flynn’s actions, but in statement issued by the White House denied the allegation.

The white house said the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.
An influential Republican congressman has called for the FBI to hand over all relevant documents within a week.

Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, demanded all correspondence relating to communications between Mr Comey and the president be presented by 24 May.

FBI chief Mr Comey’s dismissal was greeted with reactions, with critics accusing the president of trying to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election and any Moscow ties to Trump associates.

Mr Flynn’s Russian ties are under investigation by the FBI and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, as part of wider inquiries into claims Moscow sought to tip the election in favour of Mr Trump.

In response to the report, a White House official pointed out that acting FBI director Andrew McCabe had testified last week that there had been “no effort to impede our investigation to date”.

Mr Flynn’s departure in February came months after suspicions were raised among intelligence officials.

He resigned as White House national security adviser after just 23 days on the job over revelations that he had discussed lifting sanctions on Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, before president Trump was sworn in.

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