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

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

Congressional aides report that demand for seats inside the Senate hearing room has reached levels not seen for decades.

Rosenstein's public testimony will be the first since he appointed - in the face of rising pressure from Congress - former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating possible links between Russian Federation and the election. "Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him", Wittes wrote last month.

Probes of the Russian Federation allegations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities, with several congressional committees conducting their own investigations of the alleged meddling by Moscow.

Trump's surrogates initially said Comey was sacked following a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Comey's immediate superior, but Trump cast doubt on that explanation soon after.

Trump then undercut his spokesman and lawyers and made clear that his controversial immigration executive order was, in fact, a "TRAVEL BAN" despite their repeated statements that it was a temporary review period to study and ensure proper vetting procedures were implemented.

The recusal, and appointment of special counsel, caught the White House by surprise - and were reported to deepen tensions between Trump and his longtime backer Sessions.

The White House had hoped to set up a "war room" stocked with Trump allies and top-flight lawyers to combat questions about the FBI and congressional investigations into possible ties between the campaign and Russian Federation.

The fired FBI director has been in contact with the special counsel, who happens to be his predecessor at the FBI, Robert Mueller III.

Comey is set to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee. Legal experts said that makes sense, because as a former prosecutor, Comey understands he should not take steps to complicate the ongoing criminal probe.

Fired FBI director James Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with the president, USA media report.

On Thursday, all eyes will be on Comey for his side of the story. For a man who's spent most of his adult life pursuing law and order, he's an unusually vivid communicator.

"This White House will continue to be on offense or defense, and that offense includes shaming people or guilting them, or telling them to be responsible, by telling them to cover things like the infrastructure investment", Conway said on Fox News.

He once blamed the FBI's challenge in recruiting cyber talent on its prohibition on marijuana use.

The two refused to comply with the request, which they regarded as inappropriate, the Post report said. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., offered criticism.

The request made Comey uncomfortable, but the source tells ABC News that Comey has told associates he will not accuse the president of obstructing justice. However, he added, he had not heard from the White House about the Comey hearing as of midday Tuesday.

Comey announces in a letter to members of Congress that the FBI has discovered emails "that appear pertinent to the investigation" of Clinton's email server. "I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken", he wrote in a memo. Local residents have bragged about popping popcorn and canceling lunches to watch what many in the city see as the event of the year.

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