The drama surrounding President Donald Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey continues, as the former FBI head is set to testify before a Senate panel tomorrow, stating in written testimony that the president asked him to “pledge loyalty” to him during a dinner back in January.
Comey goes on to claim that the one-on-one dinner was a set up to make him ask Trump for his job and “create some sort of patronage relationship.”
According to The Daily Mail, The testimony confirms earlier press reports that emerged following Comey’s firing that Trump pressed him for personal ‘loyalty’ even as a Russia investigation swirled around him.
The FBI director serves a 10-year term. ‘That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch,’ he says in advance testimony.
‘A few moments later, the President said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,’ Comey plans to say.
‘I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence.’
Then, Trump brought up the subject again.
‘He then said, ‘I need loyalty.’ I replied, ‘You will always get honesty from me.’ He paused and then said, ‘That’s what I want, honest loyalty.’ I paused, and then said, ‘You will get that from me,’ Comey plans to say, according to Senate Intelligence panel testimony.
Comey describes his first meeting with Trump at Trump Tower, where he was selected by members of the intelligence community to brief the president days before he took office on a dirty dossier and partially discredited of material he called ‘salacious.’
Trump brought up the matter again during their private White House dinner.
‘During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them,’ Comey writes in his prepared testimony.
‘He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative,’ Comey wrote.
Trump told him he would think about it and ‘asked me to think about it.’
Comey also discusses how he and the president talked about Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn, with the president saying he was a “good guy” and that the director needed to “let this go,” referencing the FBI’s Russia probe.
This is certainly not looking too good in certain areas for the president, but who knows how much of this testimony is actually accurate or truthful? No one but Comey. And Donald J. Trump.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]