What We Learned From Comey's Pre-Hearing Statement

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Comey said he told then-president-elect Trump on January 6 in a briefing in Trump Tower that Trump himself was not being investigated.

"The president then returned to the topic of [recently fired national security adviser] Mike Flynn, saying, 'He is a good guy and has been through a lot, ' " Comey wrote of his February 14 meeting with Trump. A report in the Wall Street Journal suggested his legal representation was planning to begin reviewing all of his tweets before they were sent. Comey said in the statement, "I didn't move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed".

When Trump fired Comey, he wrote: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau". "During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance".

During a campaign stop in Wilmington Ohio previous year, Trump said he would redirect billions of dollars in payments to the United Nations to combat climate change and "use that money to invest in America", including replacing the double-decker bridge.

The two also discussed the matter again on April 11th, at which point Comey remembers Trump telling him, "I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know".

Trump said he asked for Flynn's resignation because the former adviser lied to the vice president about those contacts.

He says Trump asked him to stay behind in the Oval Office after a meeting with a larger group, and as they stood near a grandfather clock, Trump described Flynn as a good guy who'd been through a lot. We will see whether testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats Wednesday and Comey Thursday shakes their confidence. I could be wrong Regardless, it was very concerning given the FBIs role as an independent investigative agency.

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Comey's statement came hours after two top intelligence officials told lawmakers they never felt "pressured" to do anything inappropriate by the president. He is scheduled to give his testimony before the committee Thursday.

The first meeting with Trump after the inauguration occurred on January 27, during a private dinner at the White House that Comey came to view as an attempt by the president to "create some sort of patronage relationship". Asked whether the president stood by earlier assertions that he had neither sought Comey's loyalty nor asked for the Flynn investigation to be dropped, she said: "I can't imagine the president not standing by his own statement". Trump tells Comey he didn't have a problem with Michael Flynn's conversation with the Russians but that he had other problems with Flynn and that, with his departure from the White House, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go".

Comey has not endeared himself to the public; only 36 percent of Americans say they trust him a great deal or good amount on Russian Federation and the election, while 55 percent trust him less or not at all. More questions were raised when Comey's notes of a meeting with the president were leaked. As Ace's bartender Jason Bow tells the paper, "It doesn't interest me, but somebody will be interested".

As Trump sees it, the Russian Federation investigation has been an act of personal betrayal with political, though not legal, consequences, insofar as it has impeded his agenda and sullied the start of his presidency.

"This is one of those moments where much of the country may want to stop and watch", said Norah O'Donnell, part of the trio anchoring CBS' live coverage.

In his testimony, Comey is expected to confirm the contents of this memo, though he may be limited from further explanation due to the ongoing FBI investigation surrounding the issue. "Let these investigations go where the facts take them and then let's make some judgments".

Immediately after that March 30 call, Comey said he reported the conversation to then-acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente.

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