James Comey Will Testify That Trump Tried To End Russia Investigation
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before a Senate panel Thursday and he’s expected to speak in depth about how Donald Trump asked him to stop an investigation into the President and his cohorts.
Before his investigation, a seven-page opening statement for the former FBI director was released by the Senate panel involved in the investigation.
The written statement is packed with salacious political details in which Donald Trump requested a “loyalty” oath from Comey.
A source close to Comey says his testimony will not reach any legal conclusion about whether Trump engaged in “obstruction of justice.”
The seven-page document also says Comey assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation.
Trump’s long-time attorney, Marc Kasowitz, focused on that part of the statement and said Trump feels “completely and totally vindicated.”
While Comey didn’t vindicate Trump in his remarks, he does give critics plenty of ammo.
Comey plans to testify that Trump told him during a private White House dinner in January that, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”
In response to that comment, Comey “didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence.”
Comey also claims that Trump sought help in lifting the Russia investigation “cloud” and pressured him regarding any investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
When left alone in a room with the President, Comey said Trump told him Flynn is a “good guy” and “I hope you can let this go.”
“I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign,” Comey said.
Lest we forget, this seven-page document is only the start of Comey’s testimony. The former FBI-director is likely to be pressured further to open up about his time with Donald Trump and members of his administration. He will also be asked to share private conversations and notes he kept during their talks together.
“Sen. Mark Warner appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” where he revealed: “We’ve known since Watergate that rules of the road were, you know, a president shouldn’t intervene in an ongoing investigation, particularly the case if it involves individuals that are close to that president.”
The FBI has refused to hand over Comey’s memos to Congress, citing an ongoing investigation. Comey’s investigation could reveal details the FBI has so far kept under wraps