James Comey just went nuclear on Donald Trump

James Comey just went nuclear on Donald Trump

Moreover, Trump's actions - especially his request, according to Comey, that the FBI drop the investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn - could be considered an effort to cover up wrongdoing.

A day before his former FBI director testifies before the Senate, a new poll finds a majority of Americans feel President Donald Trump is interfering with investigations into Russian tampering with the 2016 USA election. And, in those conversations Trump is repeatedly cast as attempting to secure Comey's loyalty - and, at times, suggesting his job depends on it. (FBI directors are appointed for 10 year terms but, as we know, can be fired at any time by a president.) That he asks for Comey to end the probe into Flynn is, at minimum a massive breach of protocol.

"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December", added Comey, who was sacked by the United States president early last month.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, "He is a good guy and has been through a lot".

"Former FBI Director Comey's written testimony confirms a host of troubling allegations concerning the President's conduct", Schiff said.

"Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency", said the former director.

Washington Post: 5 things to expect when ex-FBI director James Comey testifies on Russia - "Investigators - led by newly appointed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III - are still working on the Russia case".

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Comey has not spoken publicly since he was abruptly fired by Trump on May 9. But Trump gave a different explanation when he said in an NBC News interview that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did so.

In the statement, Comey says he and Trump dined together privately in January.

-Did the president ask Comey for his loyalty? Yes.

Among the encounters Mr Comey describes is a dinner at the White House on January 27. The conversation then moved on.

The statement, according to Comey, includes notes he made following meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Trump was asked what his message for Comey would be. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren't, and because it was very hard to prove a negative. It was the last time they spoke.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that she had not read it and was not sure if the President had read it while returning from an event in Ohio. He says Trump also volunteered that "he had nothing to do with Russian Federation, had not been involved with hookers in Russian Federation, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia" - referencing an unverified intelligence dossier detailing compromising information Moscow had allegedly collected on Trump. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior adviser Jared Kushner lingered in the room, but the president told them to leave, too, according to Comey.

In testimony, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director will detail his next encounter with Mr Trump, during a meeting attended by intelligence chiefs at the White House on 14 February.

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