Donald Trump has turned Washington into one nail-biter of a reality show.
And now, we have a sneak peek of what’s to come in this week’s drama: the testimony of Former FBI Director James Comey.
On Thursday, Comey will tell Congress that the President asked him for a pledge of loyalty and requested he help “lift the cloud” of the Russia probe by publically stating Trump was not being investigated.
The former director’s remarks were posted by the Senate intelligence committee, which Comey will appear before on Thursday in his first public comments since he was fired by POTUS last month.
The statement, which senators Richar Burr and Mark Warner decided to release a day early, describes a January 27 dinner between the two in the White House, in which Comey alleges the President told him:
“I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”
Instead of offer his loyalty, Comey allegedly promised honesty — which we all know is about as pointless to The Donald as a dressing room door at the Miss Universe pageant.
On Feb. 14, Comey claimed Trump asked him to hang back after an Oval Office meeting in order to discuss then-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who had just been busted for lying about his meetings with Russian officials.
According to Comey’s statement, the President asked him in that informal meeting to drop the investigation against Flynn, who is “a good guy and has been through a lot.” Comey says Trump told him:
“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.”
But “let this go” Comey did not, as he interpreted the exchange as a request to drop “any investigation of Flynn in connection with the false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.”
However, Comey notes that he did not interpret Trump’s request to be “about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign,” explaining:
“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.”
But eventually, the broader investigation into Russia came up in a March 30 phone call, in which Comey claims Trump asked him what could be done to “lift the cloud” regarding the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election — specifically, wiping Trump’s name from it! He wrote:
“[Trump] said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia.”
Clearly, Trump should worry about being recorded while making sketchy requests to the FBI. (That, and Access Hollywood.)
That’s all we’ve got, for now — but hey, they can’t give away everything in the previews!
Stay tuned for Comey’s full showdown tomorrow.
[Image via C-SPAN.]