Comey arrives in Senate to testify on Trump

08 Juin, 2017, 18:41 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Comey arrives in Senate to testify on Trump

Comey's written statement released ahead of his testimony said Trump had described the Russian Federation investigation as a "cloud" that was interfering with his job.

Comey is expected to detail how Trump asked him to let an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn go, as well as how Trump demanded loyalty from the former FBI director.

It's against this backdrop that Marc Kasowitz, Trump's outside counsel, tried to pretend that Comey's written version of events is great news for his client.

"Did anyone ever ask you to stop the Russian Federation investigation?"

Comey's testimony is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. But their counterparts on the House Russia investigation clearly thought the testimony could prove obstruction of justice by Trump.

Comey confirms President Trump's claim that he was not "personally" under investigation by the FBI - but what does "personally" mean, and was that only true at the time or is it so now?

The testimony, Comey's first public comments since his May 9 firing, unfolds against the extraordinary backdrop of an FBI investigation that has shadowed the Trump White House from the outset and threatens to cripple its agenda.

Trump's personal lawyer said Trump was cheered by the testimony. While Comey did not outright state what this "salacious and unverified" information was, it was assumedly the controversial Christopher Steele dossier.

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Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt". "Three in person and six on the phone".

But Republicans are likely to press Comey on why he did not raise his concerns about Trump publicly or resign.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia will emphasize at Thursday's committee hearing that the American people need to realize that what happened was that a president asked an FBI director to drop an ongoing investigation into a former national security adviser.

"He had repeatedly told me I was doing a great job and he hoped I would stay", Mr Comey said.

On Tuesday, Trump was asked what his message for Comey would be.

Republicans though were uneasy about Comey's statement and other emerging allegations. We now have reason to believe this was a lie.

February 13. Flynn resigns as national security adviser. Trump supposedly explained that Flynn was sacked because he had misled the Vice President, not because he had done anything wrong. "He is a good guy". A president's unprecedented request for loyalty from an Federal Bureau of Investigation director. He supposedly stressed that he had been "very loyal to you, very loyal", to Comey.

Asked if Trump had acted appropriately, Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said: "I don't think that from what I've read there's anything of wrongdoing, but I will match that with his (Comey's) verbal testimony, and weigh it against the evidence of our investigation to date".

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