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The meeting in the Oval Office where he made the request about Mike Flynn. Was that the only time he asked you to hopefully let it go?>> Yes.>> And in that meeting, as you understood it, he was asking not about the general Russian investigation. He was asking very specifically, about the jeopardy that Flynn was in himself.
>> That's how I understood it, yes sir.>> And as you perceived it, while it was a request that he hoped you did away with it, you perceived it as an order. Given his position, the setting and the like, and some of the circumstances.>> Yes.>> 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.>> I didn't know.>> Okay, why?>> I don't know, I think the, as I said earlier, I think the circumstances were such that it was, I was a bit stunned and didn't have the presence of mind.
And I don't know, I don't want to make you sound like I'm Captain Courageous. I don't know whether even if I had the presence of mind, I would have said to the President, sir, that's wrong. I don't know whether I would have, but in the moment, it didn't come to my mind.
What came to my mind is, be careful what you say, and so I said, I agree, Flynn is a good guy.