Comey’s opening statement released ahead of testimony

(NBC News) The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a detailed first look at what former FBI Director James Comey will say to Congress Thursday about his interactions with President Trump.

In his opening statement, Comey recounts nine different conversations with the president.

He describes a January 27th dinner at the White House, which Comey felt was orchestrated to have him beg to keep his job.

“The president said – ‘I need loyalty – I expect loyalty.’ I didn’t move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey writes.

Comey also described a phone call from the president two months later, during which Mr. Trump “described the Russia investigation as ‘a cloud’ that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country and asked what the FBI could do to lift the cloud.

Finally, Comey confirms news reports that the president asked him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Read Comey’s full opening statement here.


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