Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Comey reveals conversations with President Trump


The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday released a statement from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, which revealed five exchanges between him and U.S. President Donald Trump since election day.

Warner addresses Comey's testimony, released Wednesday, and calls it "disturbing", citing the dinner in January when "the President appears to have threatened Director Comey's job, while telling him 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty'".

He went on to criticize Trump's interactions with Comey. Mr. Comey said, "You will get that from me" but went away thinking "it is possible we understood the phrase "honest loyalty" differently".

Rogers in fact had heated exchange of words with Warner during the Congressional hearing.

Comey is scheduled to give his testimony before the Senate committee Thursday.

Asked if Trump had acted appropriately, Republican Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said: "I don't think that from what I've read there's anything of wrongdoing, but I will match that with his verbal testimony, and weight it against the evidence of our investigation to date". "Most of the information I've shared with the President, obviously, is directed toward intelligence matters during our oval briefings every morning at the White House, or most mornings when both the president and I'm in town", Coats said.

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At the same time the President was engaged in these efforts with Director Comey, he was also allegedly pressuring senior leaders of the intelligence community to downplay the Russian Federation investigation or intervene with Director Comey. "Obviously anytime you're talking about the conduct of the president of the United States it is a big deal. He brings a lot of credibility", said Benjamin Wittes, a Comey confidant and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Among the encounters Comey describes is a January 27 dinner at the White House that he viewed as an attempt by the president to "create some sort of patronage relationship".

FILE - In this February 25, 2016, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey, testifies before a House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee budget hearing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's FY 2017 budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The outcome could have significant repercussions for Mr Trump's 139-day-old presidency as special counsel Robert Mueller and multiple congressional committees investigate whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has previously denied that he told Comey to end the investigation. "He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify", Comey said in remarks posted on the website of the Senate intelligence committee.

"Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr Trump was my practice from that point forward", Comey said.

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