WATCH LIVE: Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies Before the Senate Intelligence Committee
Ever since he was terminated as Director of the FBI on May 9, the political world has wanted to hear from James Comey. On Thursday, they will finally get their wish.
The fired FBI Director is on Capitol Hill for what is undoubtedly the most highly-anticipated Congressional hearing in ages, as Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The show begins at 10:00 A.M.
One week after his firing, The New York Times released a report that Comey kept a memo which chronicled a discussion with President Donald Trump. And in that conversation, the President is reported to have asked Comey to back off of an investigation of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
In his opening statement, which was released Wednesday, Comey wrote this about the incident:
The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of myterm at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”
The President returned briefly to the problem of leaks. I then got up and left out the door by the grandfather clock, making my way through the large group of people waiting there, including Mr. [Reince] Priebus and the Vice President.
I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the
controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.
So what more will we learn during questioning by the 15-member panel? (Plus Senator John McCain, who will be sitting in as an ex-officio member of the Committee.
Watch above, via NBC
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