National Security

Comey on Why He Didn’t Report Trump’s Flynn Request: ‘I Don’t Know’

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not know why he failed to tell President Donald Trump it was inappropriate to request an end to the investigation into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey said Trump made the request during a conversation the two had in February.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asked Comey why he did not tell Trump it was inappropriate to pressure him to end the Flynn investigation.

"At the time, did you say anything to the president about, ‘That is not an appropriate request,' or did you tell the White House counsel, ‘That is not an appropriate request, someone needs to go tell the president that he can't do these things?'" Rubio asked.

"I didn't, no," Comey said.

"Why?" Rubio pressed.

"I don't know," Comey said.