Former FBI Director James Comey is reportedly set to testify he never told President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation in connection with Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to CNN and ABC News.
Such a statement by Comey, who is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, would directly contradict Trump, who wrote in a public letter to Comey when he fired him that he had been assured he was not under investigation. Informing the president of his status in an investigation, Comey will reportedly testify, would be improper for an FBI director.
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, Trump wrote to Comey in the May 9 letter in which he fired him.
The day after Trump fired Comey, he is said to have bragged to Russian officials about it during an Oval Office meeting.
I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job, he told them, according to The New York Times. I faced great pressure because of Russia. Thats taken off.
In highly anticipated testimony, Comey will also reportedly stop short of saying Trump asked him to interfere in the FBIs investigation of Michael Flynn, Trumps former national security adviser, according to ABC News. In May, the Times reported Comey detailed a request from Trump to him about Flynn in which the president said,I hope you can let this go. The Times also reported that Trump asked for Comeys loyalty but that the then-FBI director refused.
Comey was also apparently so disturbed by Trumps requests about Flynn that afterward he reportedly asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to let him be alone with Trump.
The Washington Post reported Tuesdaythat Trump asked Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, on March 22 if he could intervene with Comey to influence the Flynn investigation. Coats ultimately decided that doing so would be inappropriate, according to the Post.
On Monday, the White House said Trump would not claim executive privilege to block Comey from testifying. On Tuesday, Trump simply said he wished Comey good luck.
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