Paul Ryan: Trump asking for Comey's loyalty 'obviously' inappropriate

"The president feels completely and totally vindicated", said the attorney. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda. Comey's performance under questioning - particularly if Mr Trump responds angrily via Twitter - could further sour the public mood.

Comey also said that he informed Trump that he was not under FBI investigation.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen said the prepared remarks offered by the former FBI Director are deeply worrying.

"That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him". "I know he's here to testify in front of you tomorrow".

"I think it's prima facie obstruction of justice", said Senator Whitehouse.

Any expectations that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who was sacked by the president on May 9th, would pull back from a damning indictment of the man who ended his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation dissipated.

Mr Comey's statement came hours after two top U.S. spy agency chiefs skirted questions from the Senate panel about whether the president also "asked" them to intervene in the Flynn probe, while saying they never felt pressured to do so.

In his statement, Kasowitz did not deny any of the allegations in Comey's testimony.

In a seven-page memo, Comey outlines a series key meetings and phone calls with Trump in which the president pressured him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation. Trump was referring to the Russian Federation investigation and questions about whether he was under investigation.

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, echoed Rogers in his initial response, saying he "never felt pressured" to intervene in an ongoing investigation.

Coats and Rogers said they would have to talk to the White House counsel's office to ensure that the president will not invoke executive privilege to bar their testimony.

At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President-elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.

Most significantly, he confirmed that the president asked him to drop an investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn, on February 14th.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". He is a good guy.

The White House announced Monday that the president will not assert executive privilege to block Comey's testimony about his firing and the Russian Federation investigation.

"The express discussion of loyalty is disconcerting", and could heighten speculation that the "president was trying to exert some pressure or at least exert some influence over the Russian Federation investigation", Gerhardt said.

Comey states that he considered Trump's request on Flynn "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency" but made a decision to keep it "very closely held".

"President Trump was right", said RNC Chairwoman McDaniel.

According to The Hill, while the testimony mostly confirms what has been reported since Comey's firing in May, it nonetheless paints an extraordinary picture of the president's interactions with one of the nation's top law enforcement officials.

  • Zachary Reyes