Comey Told Trump He Was Not Target Of Counter-Intel Probe
Former FBI Director James Comey told President Trump that he was not the subject of a counter-intelligence investigation regarding Russian meddling in the presidential campaign, according to remarks that Comey plans to provide to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
In his prepared remarks, released by the committee, Comey says he provided that assurance to Trump during a Jan. 6 meeting at Trump Tower.
Comey and other top intelligence community officials attended the meeting. Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9, was selected by the other officials to debrief Trump one-on-one about a dossier compiled by a former British spy alleging various misdeeds by Trump and members of his campaign.
“In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him,” Comey plans to say.
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“We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.”
Comey will also testify that Trump pushed him to investigate some of the allegations laid out in the dossier, including that he hired prostitutes while in Russia.
That request came during a Jan. 27 dinner meeting at the White House.
Comey said that Trump “expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them.”
“He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen,” Comey will claim.
He says that he then told Trump that “he should give that careful thought” to that request “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.”
“He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.”
James Comey told President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not the subject of a counter-intelligence investigation regarding Russian meddling in the presidential campaign, according to r
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