Cautious Comey expected in U.S. hearing on Trump-Russia probes

Cautious Comey expected in U.S. hearing on Trump-Russia probes

Cautious Comey expected in U.S. hearing on Trump-Russia probes

Comey is also likely to be asked by lawmakers about Trump's assertion that the former FBI chief told him three times that he was not under investigation as part of the federal probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.

Before a White House meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday, Trump was asked if he had a message for Comey.

Comey's testimony before the Intelligence Committee, his first public comments since Trump fired him, could shed new details on explosive allegations Comey made in leaked Federal Bureau of Investigation memos. Interest is high because of what Comey might have to say about conversations with President Donald Trump before his firing, and about possible Russian interference in the presidential election. Both Rogers and Coats were uneasy about the request, given that the FBI is conducting an investigation about the matter.

Coats also said that if he is called before an investigative committee, such as the Senate Intelligence Committee, "I certainly will provide them with what I know and what I don't know".

Comey was also apparently so disturbed by Trump's requests about Flynn that afterward he reportedly asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to let him be alone with Trump.

Former FBI director James Comey will "stop short of saying the president interfered with the agency's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn" when he testifies Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a story from ABC News.

Multiple press reports Tuesday hinted that Mr. Comey will directly challenge Mr. Trump's claim that he personally told the president on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

If he comes close to affirming in public the same level of concern that associates have said he expressed in private, it will be an explosive hearing that could further cloud Trump's White House with questions of whether he sought to obstruct justice, a potentially impeachable offense.

The ad reflects Trump's attempts to convince Americans that Comey is not credible.

In addition to asking Coats to try to influence Comey, Trump also asked Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to issue statements saying no evidence of collusion between his administration and Russian Federation existed.

"The president has a very, very busy day, as he does all the time", Spicer said. Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty but Comey refused.

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Rollins and others with Great America say they plan to stand up for Trump in cable appearances Thursday.

"The accounts of these memos he allegedly wrote would be at least triple hearsay, what Donald Trump said according to Jim Comey according to someone who saw the memo, according to the New York Times' reporter who had it read to him, didn't even read it", Cotton said Tuesday on "The Hugh Hewitt Show", a popular conservative broadcast. The officials were not aware of how Comey chose to answer, the Times said. Comey declined to do so, he later told associates.

White House officials had considered trying to invoke the President's executive privilege authority to block the testimony, but they said on Monday that they would not do so.

"You have the president of the United States talking to the director of the FBI, not just about any criminal investigation, but one involving his presidential campaign", said Matthew S. Axelrod, who served in senior Justice Department roles during the Obama administration and is now a partner at the law firm Linklaters.

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