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What Comey plans to say in his opening statement (Read full text)

  FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Former FBI Director James Comey has already told the U.S. Senate what he plans to say in his opening remarks on Thursday. It includes some of the explosive statements that are seen as damaging to President Trump.  Comey says at a late January dinner the president told him, then the top law enforcement official in the nation, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”

Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday. His prepared statement was released Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Comey Testimony (PDF) Comey Testimony (Text)

 

In the statement, Comey says he and Trump dined together privately in January. During the meal, he says Trump asked him if he wanted to remain on as FBI director. Comey says he replied that he wanted to serve out his ten-year term and “was not on anybody’s side politically.”

Comey says Trump then made his statement about loyalty.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last month.

 

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