Donald Trump’s shrinking presidency seems to get smaller by the day, eroded by a series of stumbles, missteps and fumbles by Trump and his key advisers, and escalating accusations against them.
Three more furors have broken into public view during the past two days.
First, and most explosive, there was the claim by former FBI Director James Comey, fired recently by Trump, that the president asked him to call off an FBI investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Part of this probe involves whether Flynn acted improperly with Russian operatives when the Kremlin was trying to damage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year while Flynn was a Trump campaign adviser. Comey made the claim in a memo he wrote to himself at the time of the alleged request, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Comey wrote that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go,” referring to the investigation. Comey said he didn’t agree to the request. White House officials denied that this happened.
Legal scholars say that, if Comey’s charge is true, Trump might be guilty of obstruction of justice.
Trump supposedly made the request on Feb. 14, the day after Flynn was ousted following the disclosure that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.