Comey to tell Senate Trump expected loyalty pledge

I hope you can let this go, " the president said, according to Comey.

Ryan made his comments after testimony emerged from ousted FBI Director James Comey in which he said President Donald Trump sought his loyalty.

Trump has consistently pushed back against suggestions that his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and has called the investigation a hoax.

Lawmakers said Thursday's hearing will focus on whether Trump was obstructing justice - the charge that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.

Collins says he is proud of Trump for sticking up for "someone who was as loyal Mike Flynn was throughout the campaign".

"I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know, " Trump told Comey, according to the written testimony. They discussed the president's recent global trip, North Korea and other policy matters, a person familiar with the dinner said. "He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda".

Before Trump was sworn in, Comey met with him at Trump Tower on January 6, where Trump asked him to publicly announce that he was not under personal investigation in the probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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Some of Trump's closest political aides, especially those who were with him on the campaign trail, have a deep sense that justice is on their side and that it will eventually become clear that they did nothing wrong, two White House officials said. He was to do the interview from Houston.

Comey's testimony comes former FBI Director Robert Mueller, named special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Comey's firing, ramps up an independent investigation that will take over the FBI's probe.

Read the full statement here before Comey testifies Thursday. "I found [that] unusual because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I meant to", Comey writes.

The Republican chairman off the Senate intelligence committee, Sen.

The dramatic intervention was classic Comey: the towering Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, branded a "showboat" by Trump, has a reputation for theatrical public coups, and his move will only intensify the anticipation for his appearance on Thursday. He then went to the Oval Office. I did not say I would "let this go". The two men testified before the Senate Intelligence committee earlier in the day.

"There is a criminal investigation going on of one of the President's top associations. he gets fired, he is under under investigation and the President brings in the FBI Director and says 'please stop your investigation, '" said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

"On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I "get out" that he is not personally under investigation". He described the Russian Federation investigation as "a cloud" that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country.

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Comey says he told the president that the bureau was investigating the matter as quickly as possible.

And Comey confirms earlier reports, which sources had confirmed to NPR, about his solo Oval Office conversation on February 14 with Trump the day after Flynn had been asked to resign after he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Comey said he never heard back from Boente.

And there's one other thing to consider and remember: If this were any other new president, with the typical first-year approval ratings in the 60 percent and higher range, Comey's testimony would be a huge and stunning blow. But the information has not previously come directly and publicly from Comey.

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, "He is a good guy and has been through a lot". Comey wasn't discussed, the person said. And the investigation continued.

Comey offered intimate details of his encounter with Trump in an apparent attempt to create added authenticity to his account.

Mr. Trump responded by telling Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty". "I expect loyalty" during a January dinner.

Trump, in a statement later Wednesday, called Wray "an impeccably qualified individual".

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