Wednesday, June 7, 2017

James Comey’s statement posted on Senate intel panel’s website ahead of testimony to Congress

Former FBI Director James Comey will say Thursday that President Donald Trump asked him about the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and to "see your way clear to letting this go," according to a copy of his opening remarks posted online.

"He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,'" Comey said in remarks posted on the website of the Senate intelligence committee. "I replied only that 'he is a good guy.' (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would 'let this go.'"

Comey also recalled a one-on-one dinner with Trump during which he told the president he would not be "'reliable,' in the way that politicians use that word" but would always give him the honest truth.

"A few moments later, the President said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,'" according to Comey. "I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence."

See his full remarks

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