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On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. addresses Comey controversy

Donald Trump Jr. has weighed in on the controversy over his father’s meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey by endorsing a tweet that argues President Trump did nothing close to obstruction of justice.

Taking to Twitter, Trump’s eldest son forwarded along to his followers a tweet by longtime celebrity journalist Geraldo Rivera, who wrote: “News Flash, @realDonaldTrump hoping @JamesComeyFBI cuts @MikeFlynn some slack because he is a ‘good man’ is not close to #Obstruction.” Donald Trump Jr. added his assessment: “Truth.’’

Donald Trump Jr.’s reaction is the first public indication from his family about the news that the president asked Comey to drop the FBI’s probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes written by Comey following a February meeting with the president.

“I hope you can let this go,’’ Trump said, according to the Comey notes, which were described by the associates. Comey referred to Flynn as “a good guy,” according to the associates, but declined to drop the probe.

In a later tweet, Donald Trump Jr. took issue with a National Public Radio editor who suggested on Twitter that his earlier tweet was confirmation that his father did ask Comey to cut Flynn some slack.

“Give me a break,” the president’s son wrote. “Me agreeing with someone’s interpretation of a theory does nothing of the sort. You’re trying way to hard.”

A White House statement on Tuesday denied the version of the conversation described by those who had seen Comey’s notes, saying “the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. . . . This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.’’

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The White House is searching for a new FBI director, after President Trump dismissed James Comey from that post May 9. Since the firing, The Washington Post broke the news Monday that Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials. And Tuesday, the New York Times reported and other outlets confirmed that Trump asked the FBI to drop its probe into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and pursue leak cases.