Fmr. federal prosecutor warns Pres. Trump to hire defense attorney following Comey memo report

Calls grow for special prosecutor to investigate
Posted at 11:37 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 00:30:44-04

A former federal prosecutor with experience investigating political corruption is weighing in on allegations President Trump requested the F.B.I. to drop its case into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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"You can't intimidate investigations, you can't attempt to influence them," said John Fitzgibbons. 

Fitzgibbons spent several years in Tampa prosecuting cases on behalf of the federal government.  He also specialized in investigating political corruption working for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. 

"We have laws and rules in this country and when there are investigations, there are certain things that you can not do," said Fitzgibbons. 

Fitzgibbons tells ABC Action News, that includes the shocking request reported by the New York Times. The newspaper revealed information from a memo written by former F.B.I. Director James Comey. 

Comey claims President Trump asked Comey to end the F.B.I.'s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. 

"You can debate the facts, the accuracy of the memo and one-on-one and things like that, but if the director of the F.B.I. is reported to have recorded in his notes, that's obstruction."

The White House denying the story Tuesday night, stating, "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."

Former Florida Congressman David Jolly, a republican from St. Petersburg, sounding off on Twitter calling the memo a tipping point in Trump's presidency. 

"I believe Donald Trump is completely unfit to be President of the United States and it's an embarrassing disgrace that the Republican Party continues to defend him," Jolly told ABC Action News over the phone Tuesday night. 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now calling for a special prosecutor to investigate.  

"I think if the president were smart, and he's smart, he would be hiring the best criminal defense lawyer in America at this time," said Fitzgibbons.