President Donald Trump is alleged to have urged former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump is alleged to have urged former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Evan Vucci

Trump 'in impeachment territory'

A MAN who served four US presidents says Donald Trump has entered "impeachment territory”, thanks to an explosive memo from fired FBI Director James Comey.

David Gergen,was a media person for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan and was counselor to Democrat President Bill Clinton.

Mr Gergen was frank about Mr Trump's dire situation in a CNN panel segment.

"After watching the Clinton impeachment, I thought I would never see another one. But I think we're in impeachment territory for the first time,” Mr Gergen told host Anderson Cooper.

Asked to elaborate, Mr Gergen said the President had potentially strayed towards "obstruction of justice”, if the memo written by Mr Comey is accurate.

The memo purportedly written by Mr Comey alleges Mr Trump tried to shut down the investigation into his former National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn.

The New York Times reports Mr Trump asked Mr Comey to end the investigation during an Oval Office meeting in February.

Gen Flynn was sacked from his job as Mr Trump's security adviser after it emerged he had lied about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US. Since then, his other connections to foreign governments have come under investigation.

The Times has not seen Mr Comey's memo, but says an associate of the former FBI head read excerpts to a reporter.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr Trump told Mr Comey, according to the memo.

"He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Mr Comey purportedly wrote the memo immediately after his meeting with the President the day after Mr Flynn resigned.

"The memo was part of a paper trail Mr Comey created documenting what he perceived as the President's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation,” the Times reports, pointing out that an FBI agent's contemporaneous notes can be used as credible evidence of conversations in court.

The White House is disputing the report. "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” it said.

The President's critics claim he fired Mr Comey in an effort to stymie the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election - and potential collusion between members of his presidential campaign and the Russian government.

After news broke of the Comey memo, CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza said: "If you are a Republican in Congress, now is the time to panic.”



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