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

Randolph Lopez
June 8, 2017

The statement details a series of interactions with Trump that Comey said made him uneasy and appeared to disregard the FBI's traditional independence from the White House. The Post article says Trump went to Coats after asking Comey to back off of the Russian Federation investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found odd 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.

The testimony, Comey's first public comments since his May 9 firing, unfolds against the extraordinary backdrop of an FBI investigation that has shadowed the Trump White House from the outset and threatens to cripple its agenda. In Comey's account of a series of meetings, dinners, and phone calls, President Trump repeatedly used mob-movie-style language and tactics to try to co-opt the Federal Bureau of Investigation director-including by repeatedly demanding his "loyalty".

Comey recounted a January 27 private dinner in the White House Green Room with the president.

"That, in Mr Comey's words, was" "a very awkward conversation".

"I look forward to serving the American people with integrity as the leader of what I know firsthand to be an extraordinary group of men and women who have dedicated their careers to protecting this country", he said. Nine times, Comey said.

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-Comey says he first met Trump on January 6 to brief him on the contents of a salacious dossier. "Director Comey's testimony reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along - he was never under investigation".

After that meeting, Comey says he "felt compelled" to document his conversation in a memo.

"I am not asking for classified information, I am asking whether or not you have been asked by anyone to influence an ongoing investigation", Republican Senator Marco Rubio said, in a particularly tense exchange.

At the end of the dinner, Trump allegedly told him again "I need loyalty". I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.

A little refresher: Flynn provided an early landmark in the Russia investigation when it was revealed that he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after the election and was later revealed to have misled Vice President Mike Pence by telling Pence that he and Kislyak hadn't discussed sanctions.

Comey said his practice of keeping written meeting records began after his encounter with Trump before the inauguration.

"He finished by stressing "the cloud" that was interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn't being investigated", Comey will testify. I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn't find anything, to our having done the work well.

Comey wrote that the FBI and Justice Department were reluctant to say publicly that Trump wasn't under investigation - despite Trump's requests to "lift the cloud" - "for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change". "It is possible we understood the phrase 'honest loyalty" differently". 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.

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