James Comey created records of 'improper' phone calls and meetings he had with Trump

Former FBI director James Comey reportedly created records of interactions he had with President Trump which he deemed "improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation," according to a New York Times report on Tuesday.

As part of that paper trail, Comey had written a memo after a meeting he had with the president in February, officials told the Times.

During that meeting, the president asked him to drop the ongoing FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey's memo said.

"He is a good guy," Trump told Comey, according to the memo. "I hope you can let this go."

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Michael Flynn has resigned as Trump's national security adviser. KEEP SHOWING UP. Our resistance is working! #WhyIResist
Im sad #MichaelFlynn resigned but at the end President Trump did what he had to do and thats says everything.
Flynn's resignation CANNOT be end of the story. Who talked to who? When? Who knew? When? How far up did it go? How much of dossier true?
Well, not even a month in and the first resignation due to scandal, and I doubt it'll be the last.#MICHAELFLYNN
#Flynngate doesn't bode well for @seanspicer. At all. https://t.co/czu8yerodG
If @POTUS knew of #MichaelFlynn and #Russia, then we are a country in crisis now.
Brian Williams goes there: "What did [Trump] know and when did he know it?" #flynn
Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr., What goes around COMETS around. And given your pizza obsession... https://t.co/rmyO7wyJKX xo Philippe
However welcomed General Flynn's resignation is, remember that President Trump's Russia connections and intentions… https://t.co/Trc2oMXDor
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Flynn was forced to resign from his position as national security adviser when it emerged that he had misled Vice President Pence about contacts he'd had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Comey's memo on his February meeting with Trump was two pages long and highly detailed, officials told the Washington Post.

The former FBI director has a long history of maintaining extensive notes on his interactions. He rose to public prominence in 2004, when he served as acting attorney general in the Bush administration. In March of that year, Comey had a showdown with Bush White House aides when he refused to sign off on a National Security Agency surveillance program that he and Justice Department officials believed broke the law.

Comey took extensive notes during that meeting, which took place in the hospital room of former attorney general John Ashcroft.

Notes taken by officials are referred to as MFRs, or memoranda for the record, Philip Mudd, a CNN counterterrorism analyst, told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN Tuesday evening. He added that maintaining notes of sensitive meetings are "common across Washington" and that Comey is "not the only one who does this."

The contemporaneous notes maintained by FBI agents are widely viewed as credible evidence in courts.

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But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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