Stephanopoulos: Comey memo 'modern equivalent of Nixon’s tapes'

ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos argued Wednesday morning that former FBI Director James Comey's memo about President Trump's alleged "hope" that Comey would end an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is "the “modern equivalent of Nixon’s tapes.”

“We know that the FBI director made contemporaneous notes with the president," said Stephanopoulos, a former White House communications director in the Clinton administration.

"That dinner in January when the president reportedly asked Comey if he was under investigation, requested a pledge of personal loyalty. An Oval Office meeting in February when the president — after asking his vice president and attorney general to leave the room — brought up the FBI investigation of his fired national security adviser Michael Flynn," he continued.

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“‘I hope you can let this go’ is what the notes say. Those seven words could be Trump’s smoking gun. Comey’s notes — the modern equivalent of Nixon’s tapes, Congress will get them. Comey will testify. Whether Trump holds the White House will depend on how Comey describes those notes, who Congress believes and how the country responds,” he said.

“We are watching ... a Watergate-sized crisis play out in real time."

The White House press office denied the president "asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation" but did not make anyone available for interviews Tuesday night.

“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” a White House statement said.

Flynn was fired shortly into Trump's administration when it was revealed that he had misled senior White House officials about the contents of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.