Twitter hilariously edits Comey's prepared statement released ahead of Senate intelligence hearing

Claudine Rigal
Juin 8, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey detailed his private conversations with President Donald Trump in written testimony submitted to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and made public on Wednesday, one day before Comey is scheduled to testify in person.

In Comey's prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" during a January 27 dinner - one of nine conversations he had with the president.

Comey's testimony does, however, include a concession to Trump, confirming the president's previous assertions that the director informed him on three separate occasions that he was not a subject of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Chris Christie on MSNBC Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey as "normal New York City conversation".

"He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda", Kasowitz concluded.

Peter Zeidenberg, a partner in the Arent Fox law firm in Washington D.C., said Comey's statement, released in advance of his scheduled testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, adds to evidence that Trump attempted to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions lingers, and Trump shoos him away.

Comey said he did not pledge to do so.

Lawmakers said today's hearing will focus on whether Trump was obstructing justice - the charge that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973. Comey warns that such an investigation could "create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren't". In his testimony, Comey makes clear that Trump brought up Flynn in their February 14 meeting as soon as they were by themselves in the Oval Office.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE says, "I think we have to be careful about making legal conclusions" and argues that lawmakers should not be "getting in the way" of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur).

United States law enforcement officials said Comey had discussed his testimony with Mr Mueller's investigative team to ensure it did not interfere with the special counsel's probe. "He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia". Comey says he discussed the conversation with a small F.B.I. leadership team, but did not expand beyond that for two reasons: 1. In a news conference last month, the president emphatically denied that he had asked Comey to back off the Flynn questioning. "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".

Julie O'Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Georgetown University's law school, said Trump's decision to clear the room before talking to Comey is evidence that suggests that Trump "was aware that what he was doing was a problem". Trump's abrupt firing of Comey outraged Democrats, who believe he was improperly trying to halt a probe that has hung over his presidency since his first day in office.

'He is a good guy and has been through a lot, ' Comey says Trump told him of Flynn. "And second, the President effectively asked the Director to drop the investigation of his former National Security Advisor".

Comey skips over Trump's exact response, but says that "based on President-elect Trump's reaction", he assures Trump that his personal conduct isn't under investigation.

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