The majority of USA voters do not trust what either former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey or President Donald Trump say with regard to the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 USA election, a new poll revealed on Wednesday. "I did not say I would 'let this go, '" Comey said in remarks released by the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he is due to testify Thursday.
Mr Comey's prepared testimony appears to confirm past reports based on memos that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director wrote following interactions with the President, including a January dinner between the two when Mr Trump asked him if he wanted to keep his job before demanding loyalty.
According to the latest Washington Post / ABC News poll, 72% of respondents said they had "some" or "no trust" in anything Trump has said about the probes.
In the statement Comey added: "That concerned me greatly, given the FBI's traditionally independent status in the executive branch".
Mr Comey immediately prepared unclassified memos about his conversations with the President regarding Mr Flynn, and had thought the request was concerning.
Comey could also bring up other aspects of his dealings with the Trump administration.
As I have often said, it is absolutely crucial for the United States, and for that matter for the world, for this presidency, for the Republicans, for the Democrats, and for our nation at large, that we get to the bottom of this.
"He is a good guy and has been through a lot", Comey quoted Trump as saying during an Oval Office briefing on February 14.
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"I'm not sure that unless Comey says something completely shocking or he suggests something that there's no way the House can't consider obstruction of justice. aside from that I don't see his testimony as market moving".
"He asked what we could do to "lift the cloud". "I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russian Federation or possible links to his campaign", Comey wrote, calling it very concerning. He is scheduled to give his testimony before the committee Thursday. Before that meeting, he spoke with the FBI's leadership team about whether he should tell Trump the agency was not investigating him.
More recently, it has been revealed that Comey, after one of his early face-to-face meetings with Trump, specifically asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remain with him during future interactions with the president or at least to assure that he was not left alone with Trump. "I hope you can let this go".
Comey says Trump then made his statement about loyalty.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding two days of closely watched hearings that might - or might not - shed new light on the state of the Russian Federation investigation.
The Republican chairman off the Senate intelligence committee, Sen. On Thursday, under oath, he is expected to be grilled on his interactions with Trump, including allegations that the president improperly pressured him to shutter the F.B.I.'s investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
In March, after Comey had publicly revealed the existence of a federal counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Trump complained that the probe had left a "cloud" that was "impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country".