President Donald Trump in February asked James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, the then-director of the FBI wrote in a memo.
The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon reported that Comey made the request during and Oval Office meeting and later wrote a memo detailing the conversation with the president.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
Trump fired Comey last week. Flynn was fired after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russia.
With that memo, Comey was said to be creating a paper trail outlining what he believed to be improper efforts by Trump to influence an ongoing investigation, according to the Times.
The White House has denied the version of events detailed in the memo, saying in a statement that the report is “not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
The White House said that while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Flynn is a “decent man,” he has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigations involving him.
Word of Comey’s memo comes nearly 24 hours after The Washington Post first reported that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.