Washington: Former FBI Director James Comey will testify to Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump told him at a dinner: “I expect loyalty.”
According to his opening statement, Mr Comey will also say the president asked him to drop an inquiry into fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Mr Comey will back up the president’s assertion that the FBI chief assured him Mr Trump was not under scrutiny.
He will say Mr Trump called the Russian probe “a cloud” over him. In Thursday’s eagerly anticipated hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey will detail his interactions with Mr Trump leading up to his firing on 9 May.
He will say his first meeting with the president occurred on 6 January in a conference room at Trump Tower, where Mr Comey briefed him alone on “salacious and unverified” allegations about him.