Comey’s testimony released a day before he testifies


According to written testimony released ahead of his appearance before a Senate committee, former FBI Director James Comey plans to testify Thursday that President Trump personally sought his “loyalty” while pressing to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

Comey’s prepared remarks also make clear that Comey assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Comey’s statement detailed several meetings he had with Trump dating back to January. On one occasion, he described a January 27th dinner where he said Trump personally told him:

“I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”

Comey also plans to say Trump sought help ending any probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The former FBI director’s testimony marks his first Capitol Hill appearance since his was fired almost a month ago.

Lawmakers are eager to hear his side, amid the liberal media narrative painting a picture that suggests Trump pressured Comey over investigations of Russian meddling in the election. Trump has continued to deny pressuring Comey as well as any collusion with Russia.

Based on Comey’s opening statement, Thursday’s testimony will be explosive.

The 7-page document begins with a piece of good news for President Trump where Comey confirms Trump’s past claims that Comey assured him, “We were not investigating him personally.”

Comey said he and the president later dined on January 27th at the White House where Trump asked whether he wanted to stay on at the FBI, but after he made clear he was not on anyone’s side politically, Trump pressed him on loyalty. Comey said in the statement:

“I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed.”

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