One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?”
This is a significant scoop for at least two reasons.
First, it adds to what we already know about a possible pattern of justice obstruction aimed at interfering with the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Second, it suggests that Trump—who pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn in a private meeting at the White House—wasn’t the only member of his administration who took concrete steps to try and quash the Flynn probe.
What’s strange is that the Post buried this news in the 13th paragraph of its story, choosing instead to focus on something else.
To be sure, the “something else” was also hugely important: According to the Post’s sources, Trump asked his director of national intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to “publicly deny” that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government.