Comey confirmed in the written testimony that he had told Trump that he was not personally under investigation.
But Trump said two days later that he was going to fire Comey "regardless of recommendation".
To Comey, the president's request was "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency".
"I would hope he could talk through what happened around his firing, the memos that he wrote, the nature of his memos, the reason that he put those memos out there, but also the core issues that we're still dealing with on the Russian Federation investigation itself", Lankford said.
In Comey's statement, he confirms numerous bombshell reports circulating in the press since Trump fired him on May 9: that Trump met with him one-on-one an unusual number of times; that Trump asked Comey for his "loyalty" in a conversation about Comey's future at the helm of the FBI; and that Trump repeatedly lamented the "cloud" the FBI's investigation of Russian Federation had put over his presidency. Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements, to avoid having to publicly correct them later should the situation change.
In his statement, Kasowitz did not deny any of the allegations in Comey's testimony.
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Intelligence Committee. Some top staffers kept their doors closed as televisions screens looped the allegations. "One of the things it does, it gets it out there, but it also gives the members of the committee that he'll be before tomorrow overnight to really sharpen their questions, and you might say cross-examination".
Vice President Mike Pence suddenly canceled a previously scheduled interview with PBS NewsHour, according to executive producer Sara Just.
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After intervening in a late-night White House effort to persuade a seriously ill Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize a secret warrantless surveillance program in his hospital room, Comey, who was then deputy attorney general, encountered Wray, who was criminal chief, in a Justice Department corridor.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Comey's prepared remarks ahead of his public testimony on Thursday, which is bound to unsettle the White House and distract from Trump's agenda in his still relatively young presidency. "I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed", Comey wrote. He then said, 'I need loyalty.' I replied, 'You will always get honesty from me.' He paused and then said, 'That's what I want, honest loyalty.' I paused, and then said, 'You will get that from me.'.
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He also said he implored Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shield him from future one-on-one conversations with the President. "I'm not going to talk about theoreticals and I'm not going to discuss the specifics of any interaction or conversations. that I may or may not have had with the president of the United States", Rogers said.
Comey offers only that Flynn is a "good guy". "If the President said those words, I believe it is absolutely devastating, completely inappropriate", said New Mexico Democratic Sen. But they and other events have led to the image of a president isolated and trusting in few people other than himself - and willing to disrupt anything from long-standing relationships to the orderly operations of government regardless of the consequences to the country or potentially his presidency.
At conclusion of a briefing given with other intelligence community officials, Comey remained alone with Trump to provide a private briefing on material that was "salacious and unverified".
Comey appeared uncomfortable from the start about interacting with Trump. "Director Comey's statement reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along - he was never under investigation".