“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
We will have to see how Trump spins this. If it’s possible to make more of his staff, Vice President Pence, and cabinet members into liars, the president will find a way.