Is the Comey Memo Even Real?
By Joel Gehrke, The Washington Examiner
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr late Tuesday cast doubt on the veracity of a reported memo in which former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump requested he drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
"I actually believe the director might have told us that there'd been a request like that and it was never mentioned by him," the North Carolina Republican told reporters. "So somebody's going to have to do more than have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there's something there."
Burr, who is leading a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections along side Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, said he'd not personally read the New York Times' report yet, but heard about it from fellow Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
According to the report, Comey authored a memo summarizing a conversation with the president, quoting Trump as asking him to end the investigation into Flynn, who served Trump during the campaign and in the earliest days of the administration. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump is quoted as saying, according to the outlet. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."