JAMES COMEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos Thursday [5-18-17], President Donald Trump was asked a very simple question: Had he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to slow or stop an FBI investigation into deposed national security adviser Michael Flynn?
‘No. No. Next question,’ Trump responded.
It was over in a flash. But in those four words, Trump staked the viability of his presidency.
Why? Because he directly contradicted the reporting around a memo that Comey had written in the wake of a February 14 meeting in which Trump told him to see if he could find a way to end the Flynn investigation, The New York Times first reported and CNN confirmed.
Both of those things can’t be true.”
-Chris Cillizza, “Donald Trump just staked his presidency on 4 words,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 19, 2017 9:15am