Things to know about ex-FBI head's James Comey's testimony

A careful pattern of expectations-management and narrative-shaping has sought to establish the parameters for what he probably will not say.

Comey's penchant for making a theatrical splash has already turned what was set to be a one-day drama into a two-day feeding frenzy, after he released his prepared opening statement Wednesday afternoon, transfixing Washington.

Manchin, 69, a popular former governor of West Virginia, is the most conservative Democrat in the Senate and is running for his third term in a state Trump won by 40 percentage points.

The former FBI director will also tell lawmakers that he informed Trump that he was not personally under investigation. His brother, Eric (@EricTrump) didn't directly address Comey's comments, but instead attacked a recent Forbes article detailing the Trumps' involvement with a children's cancer charity.

He wrote that Mr Trump phoned him on March 30 and asked what "we could do to lift the cloud" of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Comey told senators that Trump was lying at a May 18 press conference when he said he did not urge his fired FBI director to end the bureau's investigation into Flynn.

The panel's vice chairman, Sen.

Comey told her, 'Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. "If the president said, 'look, I just fired the guy, I feel bad for him, what do you think is going to happen, ' that is one thing", Collins said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation.

"The President is pleased that Mr Comey has finally public confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe", a statement read.

Counsel stopped short of accusing Comey of breaking the law, saying he'd leave it to "the appropriate authorities to determine whether" the leaks should be investigated along with all the others the White House is probing.

Comey said later that after Trump tweeted about having "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, he asked his friend, a Columbia Law professor, to share the memo with a reporter so that the public would have his side of the story.

Thursday's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee is expected to be his most dramatic yet. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers declined to detail their private conversations with Trump in an open hearing.

Harris, 52, is a newcomer to the Senate, but not to the role of questioning witnesses.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Both McCabe and Coats refused to answer Heinrich's questions.

Comey, however, does describe repeated requests and feelings of "concern". Nine times, Comey said.

"I took it as this is what he wants me to do", Comey said.

Waters' response to Comey's statement takes a jab at past alleged sexual harassment claims against President Trump.

Trump's camp was reacting in real time to Comey's testimony, which was being carried on network television as well as streamed on multiple mobile devices in a rare moment of common national experience in the Internet age.

Later, his outside counsel released a statement saying Trump felt "completely and totally vindicated" by Comey's account. "He is eager to move forward with his agenda".

"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", said Comey, who had briefed Trump on "salacious material" that had arisen in a counter-intelligence investigation.

"He wrote that Trump said: "'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.

  • Zachary Reyes