Comey to Congress: President Trump told him 'I need loyalty'


Former FBI Director James Comey's opening remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee were released Wednesday, one day ahead of his scheduled hearing. Three were in person and six on the phone.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, said the statement was released early "because that's what Comey and I agreed to", but declined to discuss the contents of the statement.

After the president told Comey he needed loyalty, Comey said the two looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner, " Washington Post reports.

Trump continues to praise Comey's decision to reveal the FBI's review of new emails. I did not reply or ask him what he meant by "that thing". He said he did not keep records of the two private, in-person interactions he had with President Barack Obama between the time he took the helm at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September 2013 and the end of the 44th president's tenure. "I hope you can let this go". But Trump later said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey and would have dismissed him without the Justice Department's input.

The MSNBC host pushed back against Stewart's comparison, pointing out that Comey himself said he is loyal to the Constitution, not a president. Comey documented his interactions with Trump in a series of contemporaneously-prepared memoranda-[lawyerly nod of approval]-that apparently went into shockingly granular detail, and his written testimony provides some tantalizing nuggets that will nearly certainly have Trump's attorneys working a late one tonight. I told the AG that what had just happened - him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind - was inappropriate and should never happen.

The former director's testimony details several meetings and phone calls he had with Mr Trump following the election.

Trump has asserted multiple times that Comey told him repeatedly that he was not under investigation. "And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team".

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"When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story", Trump said.

On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I "get out" that he is not personally under investigation. Before that meeting, he spoke with the FBI's leadership team about whether he should tell Trump the agency was not investigating him. Comey said that the president told him the White House would reach out to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Comey explained how it should be done through the traditional channels.

Comey said Trump told him "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" during a January dinner in the White House.

"I replied only that "he is a good guy".

Then the president said to Comey: "I hope you can let this go".

Calling Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander", Trump says he had chose to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Later on in the interview, Tur would again lecture the congressman when he attempted to excuse the president's behavior by saying Trump "probably didn't get a sense early enough of the fine line between his relationship as a president and a director with an ongoing investigation". He repeated that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President.