What Trump has said about Comey over the past year

Ivan Schwartz
June 8, 2017

The tense June 7 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee came one day before former FBI Director James Comey is to testify for the first time since his firing by Trump last month.

I do not feel it is appropriate for me in a public session to breach confidential conversations between the president and myself in a public session. "He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda", said Kasowitz, the White House outside counsel. "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty", Trump told Comey.

Ex-FBI chief James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday President Donald Trump wanted a "patronage relationship" and asked for his "loyalty". Trump previously said that former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman was one of his top choices, before Lieberman withdrew his name from consideration. "I've been very loyal to you".

"I think it's prima facie obstruction of justice", said Senator Whitehouse.

Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard, wrote on FoxNews.com Wednesday that President Trump has the constitutional right to direct his FBI director to stop an investigation of anyone "by simply pardoning that person".

Republicans though were uneasy about Comey's statement and other emerging allegations.

Comey's statement and expected testimony also appear to contradict White House assertions that Trump never demanded Comey's loyalty during their private encounters, as described by sources in recent news reports.

The inquiries are also investigating whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Among the encounters Comey describes is a January 27 dinner at the White House that he viewed as an attempt by the president to "create some sort of patronage relationship".

"Comey's statement released today needs to be carefully scrutinized as his testimony claims the president was concerned about the dossier", said Cohen.

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Both men said the White House had not invoked executive privilege. After closing the door the president said to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". The president responded, "that's what I want".

A Republican official told NBC News that they will aim to "use their own words against them", referring to Comey and Democrats.

February 14: Trump asks Comey to stay behind after a counterterrorism briefing where he begins: "I want to talk about Mike Flynn" - Trump's national security adviser who has been fired the day before.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

At the time he was sacked, Comey had been overseeing the investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign for months.

Mr Green said that Mr Trump's actions are his primarily concern.

"The express discussion of loyalty is disconcerting", and could heighten speculation that the "president was trying to exert some pressure or at least exert some influence over the Russian Federation investigation", Gerhardt said.

But he called Trump's approaches "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency". He said he believed the president was talking only about Flynn, not about the broader Russian Federation probe.

With the former FBI Director's statement already released, Garrett tells us Thursday could reveal nothing more, or it could be a crucial moment. She would not give specifics.

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