Former FBI Director Breaks Silence
Former FBI Director James Comey spoke in public, for the first time, since he was fired, regarding his relationship with President Donald Trump. He made it clear, under oath, that he was “troubled” by how the administration handled his firing. Comey said the Administration chose to defame him and the FBI. Comey stated that the organization, according to Trump “was in disarray, that it was poorly led that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader, those were lies, plain and simple.”
Comey said Trump asked him for “Total Loyalty”
Comey confirmed that Trump had asked him for “total loyalty.” He also requested that he drop any potential investigations into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. According to Comey, “The President said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.'” Comey went on to say, “I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed.” Last month Fox News asked the president if he ever asked for Comey’s loyalty. President Trump responded, “No, I didn’t.”
During his testimony, Comey said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” He was referring to Trump’s suggestion that he may have recorded their conversations. Although Trump insinuated he may have recorded their conversations he has never produced any proof that such recordings exist. Comey also revealed for the first time that he had turned over all of his memos concerning conversations with Trump to the special counsel, Robert S Mueller 111.
Comey has insisted that Trump asked him, in a round-about way, to back off on the investigation of Michael Flynn. Trump was asked at a White House press conference last month, “Did you at any time urge Former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?” Trump replied, “No. No. Next question.”
Comey said the day the president called him and invited him to dinner at the White House that he said he would attend. When NBC News’ Lester Holt asked Trump about the dinner, Trump said the FBI director “asked for the dinner.”
Comey left the hearing to join the Senators in a private session.