The Latest: Comey told Trump he was not under investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on fired FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony for his scheduled appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence committee (all times local):

Read his full opening statement HERE

2:12 p.m.

Former FBI Director James Comey says he informed Donald Trump in early January that he was not personally under investigation in the bureau’s Russia counter-intelligence investigation.

Trump was then president-elect. Comey says that the decision to give Trump that assurance came after consultation with top bureau officials.

Comey says he documented their meeting afterward by typing up notes on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower “the moment I walked out of the meeting.”

That revelation and others are contained in written testimony Comey submitted Wednesday ahead of his appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

They confirm some of what has already been reported publicly in the media. But the information has not previously come directly and publicly from Comey.

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2:11 p.m.

Former FBI Director James Comey says it was “very concerning” when President Donald Trump asked him to back off an investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Comey describes the exchange in dramatic detail in written testimony ahead of an appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He says Trump asked him to stay behind in the Oval Office after a meeting with a larger group, and as they stood near a grandfather clock, Trump described Flynn as a good guy who’d been through a lot.

Then the president said to Comey: “I hope you can let this go.”

Comey said that he immediately prepared a memo documenting the February exchange. And the investigation continued.

Trump fired Comey in May.

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2:10 p.m.

Former FBI Director James Comey will say in his opening statement to a congressional hearing that President Donald Trump told him, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty” during a January dinner.

Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday. His prepared statement was released Wednesday afternoon.

In the statement, Comey says he and Trump dined together privately in January. During the meal, he says Trump asked him if he wanted to remain on as FBI director. Comey says he replied that he wanted to serve out his ten-year term and “was not on anybody’s side politically.”

Comey says Trump then made his statement about loyalty.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last month.

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