He said he had asked a friend to leak to the New York Times his memos, including one memorializing "the president's Feb. 14 direction that I drop the Flynn investigation."
"ATF is an essential Department of Justice agency," he said. "ATF is the central pillar of the federal government's efforts to combat violent crime. Every U.S. attorney who makes reducing violent crime a priority relies heavily on ATF's agents and its partnerships with local police departments. ATF played a primary role in helping to reduce violent crime in Baltimore from 2007 to 2015, and it is doing the same in many other cities."
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