Donald Trump Jr. Appears To Confirm Comey Memo Before Backtracking

Donald Trump Jr., left, and his brother Eric talk while their father Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention, Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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President Donald Trump’s son appeared to confirm on Wednesday that his father had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to cut ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “some slack” before quickly backing away from that interpretation.

Donald Trump Jr., who runs the President’s business empire along with his brother, Eric, replied “truth” to a tweet from Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera asserting that it would not be obstruction for Donald Trump to ask the FBI director to go easy on a “good man” like Flynn:

When NPR’s Domenico Montanaro‏ asked Trump Jr. if his affirmation meant that he was confirming Rivera’s description of Trump’s actions, Trump Jr. protested the premise of the question:

The New York Times reported late Tuesday that Trump had asked Comey to quash the FBI’s investigation into Flynn during an Oval Office meeting in February, one day after Flynn was fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence and others about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Comey said Trump told him, according to a memo described to the Times and other news outlets. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Trump Jr. later reposted a criticism of the Times and other outlets’ reporting:

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