Former FBI Director Comey will testify Trump told him: 'I expect loyalty'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 3:55
Comey's statement, posted on the Senate Intelligence Committee's website, said Trump also called him on March 30 to say he had nothing to do with Russian Federation and asked what "we could do to lift the cloud" of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
He says that after Mr Trump asked him if he wanted to remain as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, the president declared: "I need loyalty".
In their final conversation - a phone call from Trump to Comey on April 11 - the president again sought to secure Comey's loyalty, according to the former FBI Director's re-telling. Quoting Trump, Comey writes of the February 14 meeting in the Oval Office: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".
According to Comey's statement, Trump then said something bewildering: "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know".
The President allegedly said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. I hope you can let this go, '" Mr Comey says, according to the prepared remarks.
In the statement, Mr Comey says he and Mr Trump dined together privately in January.
The details as described by Comey are likely to further fuel the debate over whether the president may have attempted to obstruct justice by pressuring the FBI director about a sensitive investigation.
One question would be whether Trump's intent in asking Comey to drop that part of the FBI investigation was "corrupt".
The testimony from Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, puts more pressure on the Republican whose presidency has been overshadowed by allegations that Moscow helped him win last year's election. "And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team". This is Comey's description of the dinner they had on January 27, months before he was sacked on May 9.
The president then initiated a conversation about Flynn.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the pub wrote that it is planning to open at 9:30 a.m. and will offer drinks on the house for every time Trump tweets about Comey for the duration of the testimony, or 4:00 p.m. - whichever comes first.
On Tuesday, Trump was asked what his message for Comey would be. I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) - once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016.
Mr Comey, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate intelligence committee, will also tell lawmakers that he informed Mr Trump that he was not personally under investigation.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was unsure if the president read Comey's testimony after its release.
Comey describes the exchange in dramatic detail in written testimony ahead of an appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He did not tell Sessions what the president said about Michael Flynn. Comey said Trump also said "he had nothing to do with Russian Federation, had not been involved with hookers in Russian Federation, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia" - referencing an unverified intelligence dossier detailing compromising information Moscow allegedly had collected on the president.