Lawmakers in Tennessee have commented on the news of Former FBI Director James Comey's memo stating President Donald Trump allegedly asked to end to the investigation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The New York Times first reported news of the memo on Tuesday.
"I hope you can let this go," Comey wrote, quoting the President.
The memo is the clearest sign yet of potential interference by President Trump with the investigation into whether members of his campaign team colluded with Russian officials.
However,multiple White House officials refuted the claim on Tuesday, including one who said a "conversation of that nature" did not happen.
"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 official said in a statement. "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey."
Several Tennessee lawmakers have responded to the news of the memo and its possible ramifications.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn:
“At this point, we have too many unknowns, such as why did Mr. Comey wait until now to act and what exactly was said. I support the House and Senate Committees’ work on the issue and encourage them to both get all the facts and to complete their work in a thorough and timely manner.”
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander:
“The United States Senate needs the facts, and I’m confident that the professional bipartisan investigation by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should produce those facts.”
Senator Bob Corker:
“I think it would be good for us all to take a deep breath, get the facts and let the appropriate Senate committees continue their important work.”
Representative Jim Cooper:
"A sad day for our country. If the Comey memo is true, this could be obstruction of justice."