The conversation then returned to Flynn and, according to the memos, Trump said to Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go".
This is occurring against the backdrop of possible criminal charges against ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying about media leaks and the Justice Department release to Congress of unredacted James Comey memos about his meetings with President Trump, four of which Comey allegedly gave to a friend to leak to the media.
"It was my great honor to fire James Comey", Mr. Trump tweeted over the weekend.
Multiple Congressional hearings are now investigating Comey's decision not to charge Clinton over classified information sent through private email servers.
Comey also told Tapper, incredibly, that he wasn't sure of how many memos there were, or how many were classified. Before the question, he told Comey to let him know if that was an inappropriate question.
McCabe has said he did not intentionally try to mislead investigators and that he believes he is facing retaliation because of his crucial role as a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.
"In fact, when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, you know, this thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election".
US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russian Federation meddling investigation was a cloud over his young administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums have revealed. He admitted at the time to having leaked details from the documents, including an encounter during which the president allegedly urged him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"And I'm quite confident that it didn't happen, as is the inspector general", Comey said.
Loomer was separately alluding to the 11 House Republicans who believe that Comey was less than forthcoming when testifying on Capitol Hill.
Flynn was sacked a month later after White House officials said he had misled about his Russian contacts during the transition period. But Comey is quoted in the report as saying McCabe never told him he had approved sharing details of the call and, in fact, had left him with the opposite impression.
When Maddow asked Comey about the conversation that she presumed took place in the White House, he did her one better, explaining that they spoke, along with then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, in the Oval Office.
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Trump fired Flynn because he said he'd lied to Vice President Mike Pence, although the full circumstances remain unclear.
Goodlatte, Gowdy, and Nunes also argued the memos showed Comey "was blind to biases within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and had bad judgment" regarding McCabe.
'I actually think of it, and maybe it's the same thing, but I think of it in terms of voting for something else, which is the core values of this country, which are more important than any policy disputes, ' Comey answered. Comey has been appearing on TV and radio almost constantly talking about his book, which draws upon the accounts he drafted in the memos.
The memos also show Trump's continued distress at a dossier of allegations - compiled by an ex-British spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign - examining potential ties between him and his aides and the Kremlin.
Trump also told Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Russia had "some of the most attractive hookers in the world" even as he adamantly, and repeatedly, distanced himself from a salacious allegation involving prostitutes in Moscow, the documents state. Comey's book tour has given Trump an opening to beat up on him as a showboater some more, and to say that the "Deep State" is out to get him. What did they talk about on the tarmac and why did top-secret e-mails end up on Anthony Weiner's cell phone just before the election?
The Justice Department - after months of stalling - finally delivered those memos to Congress on Thursday after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was planning to subpoena them.
The department released Mr Boyd's letter publicly but did not release the memos.
Mr Boyd wrote that the department had also provided the memos to several Senate committees. But in the Tapper interview he once again demonstrated an enormous blind spot about his role in the election.
The release comes as Comey, who was abruptly dismissed by Trump a year ago, is in the midst of a tour promoting a book, Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, in which he details the encounters memorialized in the memos.
Former FBI Director James Comey made a surprising comment about the man who fired him in an interview Monday.
Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday that there's nothing in the memos that should prevent the Justice Department from providing them to Congress.