Comey on Trump, Flynn, ‘loyalty,’ Russian ‘cloud,’ hooker allegations

Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday about dealings with President Donald Trump.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has posted fired FBI Director James Comey‘s prepared testimony ahead of what promises to be a ratings blockbuster hearing on Thursday.

Click here to read Comey’s prepared remarks.

Much of Comey’s testimony has been leaked already, including his account of President Donald Trump requesting Comey’s “loyalty” at a Jan. 27 one-on-one dinner at the White House and the president’s request at another one-on-one meeting that Comey drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign,” Comey’s testimony says of the Flynn conversation.

“I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.”

Comey says he assured Trump on Jan. 6 that Trump was not personally under investigation.

Comey also says he told Trump in a March 30 phone call ” that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump.”

Comey also says Trump told him in two phone calls about his desire to lift “the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

Comey says that Trump, in the March 30 phone call, “described the Russia investigation as ‘a cloud’ that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to ‘lift the cloud.'”

To lift the “cloud,” Comey says Trump pressed him to state publicly that Trump was not personally under investigation.

But, Comey says, “I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.”

Trump hasn’t responded yet on Twitter or otherwise to the claims in Comey’s prepared remarks.

 

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