In his prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, ousted FBI director James Comey detailed a February Oval Office meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
While some, such as Iowa Rep. Steve King, have taken Comey to task for a memo the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director admitted to sharing with a friend of his at Columbia University Law School, many from within his own party - including the President himself - have thus far not followed his lead. "My common sense told me what's going on here is he's looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay on the job", Comey said.
The email continued on to say that Sessions shouldn't be involved or briefed on those matters and that Acting Attorney General Dana Boente will perform the functions of the attorney general in those investigations.
Mr Comey told the senate committee he had leaked his notes on his meetings with Mr Trump through a friend "because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel" to investigate the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian meddling in the presidential election. 'Lordy, I hope there are tapes " Responding to Trump's tweet suggesting he might have recordings of their conversations, Comey said he hoped they existed.
During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russian Federation investigation.
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"He then said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". He is a good guy.
Mr Kasowitz says that the president is "entitled to expect loyalty" from those serving the administration. "We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey testified.
Comey wrote: "The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone". "The President waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly".
"Sounding like Tony Soprano does not make you Tony Soprano", he said.