By Griffen Smith | WASHINGTON
On Thursday morning former FBI director James Comey took the oath for a testimony with the Senate Intelligence Committee on his conversions with Trump and Russia. Comey talked about how his conversations with the President went in full detail, covering topics such as the investigation and his firing.
He first described his meetings with Trump on January 27th in the oval office. Trump told him “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” Comey begrudgingly told him he’ll be “honest” and then “honest loyalty” after Trump kept pressuring him.
February 14th was another meeting between just the two of them. Trump hinted in this meeting to end the Michael Flynn investigation with Russia, saying,
“I hope you can see your way clear to let this go, to let Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey, of course, didn’t let it go, and Flynn resigned.
On March 30th Trump told him he needed “the cloud to be lifted from his presidency.” This “cloud,” Comey assumed, was the Russian investigation.
Their last conversation, over the phone on April 11th, was subject to Trump asking Comey to publicly state that he wasn’t under investigation. Trump said to Comey, “I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” Comey didn’t know what the “thing” was that he was talking about, but it was pretty clear Trump had this “you owe me” mindset with him.
All of these quotes were remembered by Comey himself. Not because he does it with everyone, but as he described today he documented the conversation because of the “circumstances, the subject matter, and the nature of the person… he might lie.” That is nothing to say lightly. he added that “I knew there might come a day when I needed a record of what happened.”
Comey was fired on May 9th, and Today in his testimony he does not believe Trump’s reasons. He called them “lies,” but he also doesn’t blame it on the Michael Flynn case. After he was fired, he took his memos and gave them to a close friend to leak to the media because it “might prompt the appointment of a special counsel” for the Russia case. He said without a doubt the Russian government tried to interfere in our election.
Another point of interest is the case of the president having recordings of the conversations. Comey stated today about them “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” “If he did… release all the tapes.”
There is a private meeting at 1:30 ET to disclose classified material, but it appears we have heard the most of the information earlier today.
Trump soon responded to a conservative audience, saying “The entrenched interests … in Washington will do everything in their power to try and stop us from this righteous cause, to try to stop all of you. They will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and their prejudice.” He added that he will “fight and win.”