Comey Will ‘Stop Short’ of Saying Trump Obstructed Justice, New Report Says



Former FBI Director James Comey‘s testimony will be the big news on Thursday, though a report out from ABC News today says he might not go as far in his remarks as some are expecting.

The report from Jonathan Karl and Justin Fishel says that, per “a source familiar with Comey’s thinking,” that he won’t go so far as to say the president obstructed justice in the Michael Flynn investigation:

The president allegedly said he hoped Comey would drop the Flynn investigation, a request that concerned Comey enough that he documented the conversation in a memo shortly after speaking with the president. In the memo, according to sources close to Comey who reviewed it, Trump said: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” during a February meeting.

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.

Comey is expected to talk about his “concerns” and how “uneasy” he felt in his conversations with the president, and will reportedly rebut Trump’s contention that he said “on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation.”

Just last week there was a report from CNN that said Comey will testify Trump “pressured him” to end the Flynn investigation.

Comey himself will finally speak publicly on Thursday. The networks will all be covering it and the president may live-tweet it

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