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

Given that Trump had previously told him on two occasions he'd like Comey to remain in that capacity, Comey suspected Trump was seeking a "patronage relationship". He understates. He has cultivated a reputation as a by-the-book Boy Scout, so rigidly scrupulous that he has run afoul of partisans on both sides. That responsibility falls to special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the investigation after Comey was sacked. He will testify that he was asked to drop the investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"Comey said he was asked to "lift the cloud": "(Trump) 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.

In their first meeting after Trump's inauguration, Comey said, Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty". The White House initially said it had acted on a recommendation from the Justice Department, citing as justification a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Fox News host Harris Faulkner and reporter John Roberts spun that as exonerating Trump of obstruction of justice, since he didn't ask Comey to "back off the entire Flynn investigation and the entire Russia" probe too.

In prepared testimony released Wednesday, Comey says he believes Trump was asking him to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn's alleged lies about conversations the Russian ambassador in December.

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At the dinner, Comey assured Trump for the second time that he was not personally under investigation by the FBI.

The president asked for the reasoning behind a congressional hearing the week before that focused on the Russian Federation investigation.

The testimony backs up the May 16 reporting that Trump spoke alone with Comey in the Oval Office about the investigation into possible Flynn wrongdoing.

Comey is finally putting some cards on the table. "It was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency".

-Comey says he first met Trump on January 6 to brief him on the contents of a salacious dossier. "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".

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"'I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know, "' Comey recalled being told by Trump, adding that he didn't ask the president what "that thing" referred to. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election.

Comey also detailed a dinner on January 27 during which Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty".

The third conversation occurred March 30 via a phone call with the president. Trump made Attorney General Jeff Sessions and adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner leave the room, Comey said, then began, "I want to talk about Mike Flynn". There is no evidence on the public record to support this yet.

"The President feels completely and totally vindicated", the statement said. Comey's silence in this respect left a cloud over the White House.

Chris Christie characterizes President Donald Trump's tense interactions with the intelligence community as "normal New York City conversation". Privately, he was assured that he was not a target, and yet publicly the Federal Bureau of Investigation left the impression that he might be one, by declining to say one way or the other. "I hope you can let this go", Comey claims Trump told him. In this case, to borrow that scandal's adage, the cover-up may well end up being the crime.

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