President Trump pressed James Comey to shut down the agency's inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, said a person who has reviewed the notes the now-fired FBI director took of the unusual encounter.
Trump asked to meet with Comey alone, following a February national security briefing involving Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the person who is not authorized to comment publicly.
"I hope you can let this go,'' Trump told Comey in the White House meeting.
Multiple local politicians have provided statements in response to the reporting:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Blunt, a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:
“The Senate Intelligence Committee is the best place to determine the facts regarding Russian involvement in our elections. Our investigation is proceeding in a bipartisan manner, and we should talk to everyone that any reasonable person would think should be talked to, and look at any material a reasonable person would think should be looked at.”
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
“Evidence that President Trump asked FBI Director Comey to stop the investigation of his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, again appears to cross the line into the obstruction of justice. No one – not the National Security Advisor or the President – is above the law. When will a Republican senator step out of the shadows and join us in calling for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to bring clear-eyed, non-partisan justice to this tangled web of deception?”
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
“As a former prosecutor, the most important next step here is following the facts. We need to see the Comey memo, the tapes the President indicated he might have, and the transcripts from their meetings.”
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL 12th District)
A statement from a spokesman Mike Bost:
Representative Bost is closely monitoring the ongoing congressional investigations into potential Russian interference in the election, which includes requests for Director Comey to testify on the record and to submit any memos detailing his accounting of events. While Representative Bost is not a member of the committees of jurisdiction, he supports these bipartisan efforts because he believes they could add critical clarity to the situation.
U.S. Representative Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st District)
Clay, the representative for Missouri's 1st congressional district, was one of 34 Democratic members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on the Judiciary to sign onto a letter demanding an immediate investigation into the actions by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and top White House aides, a press release said.
To read the full letter, click here.
U.S. Representative John Shimkus (R-IL 15th District)
“There is a well-established and time tested process for situations in which a president is accused of wrongdoing. The Constitution empowers Congress to investigate, and multiple House and Senate committees have already started, and will continue, to fulfill their oversight responsibilities. A rush to judgement may score political points or sell newspapers, but gathering all the facts, and taking the time to see where they lead, is the only way to learn the truth.”
U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO 5th District)
“The discovery of former FBI Director, James Comey’s memo of his conversations with President Trump is alarming and jeopardizes our national security. That is why I have written a letter to the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, requesting that an independent prosecutor be appointed immediately to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia. I am also requesting that the prosecutor have additional resources and staff and cooperation from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and intelligence agencies to investigate financial or other ties to Russia.”
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL 13th District)
“Comey needs to release the memo and testify before Congress so our bipartisan intelligence committees can continue to investigate and determine next steps. You have Democrats on the House floor calling for the impeachment of a U.S. President based on a memo no one has even seen or saying they’ll fight every day until he’s impeached. Democratic lawmakers and the media need to stop with the rhetoric and hyperbole so our committees can gather the facts and make their recommendations.”
U.S. Representative Jason T. Smith (R-MO 8th District)
"Congress and the American people need to see all of the facts surrounding this issue before the media or anyone else draws conclusions. People in southeast and south central Missouri deserve to know the truth, not a skewed or convenient answer that caters to a media or political bias."