RICHARD BURR: ‘THE BURDEN IS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES TO PROVE COMEY MEMO READ OVER THE PHONE IS REAL’

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Then-FBI Director James Comey met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, and reportedly wrote afterward in a memo that the president asked him to abandon a federal probe into disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

 

  • Richard Burr: ‘I could write something and I could read it over the phone and tell them that it came from him. I think the burden is on The New York Times, if they’re reporting it and they’ve got somebody that’s got the document, they need to get the document and get it released.’

 

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that he is skeptical about reports that ousted FBI Director James Comey took detailed notes about his February meeting with President Donald Trump.

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr told reporters, reacting to a New York Times story that said Trump asked Comey to shut down his probe into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s Russia ties.

Burr said Comey had already shared copious amounts of information with his committee about the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference with last year’s election – and met with him personally the day before Trump fired him – but the existence of a memo that an FBI source described to a Times reporter never came up.

‘I could write something and I could read it over the phone and tell them that it came from him,’ Burr said. ‘I think the burden is on The New York Times, if they’re reporting it and they’ve got somebody that’s got the document, they need to get the document and get it released.’

Read more: Senate Intelligence Committee chairman is skeptical about Comey memo as he says ‘the burden is on The New York Times’ to prove it’s real

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