Comey and Trump: Alpha males in face-off

The other key issues Comey will address are clear, a source adds - the allegation that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him shortly after he took office, and the President's request to ease up on the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the FBI probe into possible collusion with Russian Federation by Trump associates.

Of Comey, she said, "He's working a few moves ahead of our soon-to-be impeached chief executive".

Trump and his team all along have denied any collusion, and denied any efforts to pressure Comey on the case, which is now being overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

When Trump fired him, he initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but then later conceded it was because of his handling of the Russian Federation investigation and claimed Comey was overseeing a demoralized FBI in disarray.

Comey gets a midday phone call from now-President Trump inviting him to dinner at the White House that night.

The pub had promised to buy patrons a round of drinks every time Trump, a prolific Twitter user, tweeted during Comey's testimony - but drinkers were out of luck.

Despite the apparent lack of new information in Comey's prepared testimony, Boltansky said, the hearing would likely confirm the prior opinions of lawmakers and the public.

In a wildly anticipated Senate intelligence committee hearing being viewed worldwide, Comey said in written testimony that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties.

"Those were lies plain and simple".

The end of the line snaked several blocks inside the second floor of the Hart Senate Office Building and stretched to the adjoining Dirksen Senate Office Building.

James Comey will give his prepared opening statement, then members of the committee, typically rotating by seniority, will begin asking questions.

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar", Sanders said.

While Mr. Comey sat at the committee hearing desk alone and had no obvious legal counsel directly at his side, Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY was seated nearby.

The chairman of the committee, Sen. That meant anyone who wanted to follow Comey's remarks had to read the captions.

Faced with a barrage of damaging leaks, the White House and many congressional Republicans have countered with one, overarching retort: Forget these stories; they're fake news.

Dressed in a dark suit and giving short, deliberative answers, Comey painted a picture of an overbearing president who pressured him to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into Flynn.

About an hour into the hearing Sen. Kasowitz was referring to the memos Comey kept on conversations he had with the president.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey remarked at one point, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over any claims from the president.

Comey writes, "He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"The question really is not whether the president has obstructed justice", he said.

"Did he did direct you to let it go?"

  • Leroy Wright