Comey to tell Congress that Trump asked him to 'let go' of Flynn investigation

A copy of the former FBI Director's opening statement was released Wednesday by the Senate intelligence committee. In it, Comey says President Donald Trump asked him to "let go" of his investigation into Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia.
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A day ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress, his opening statement, which includes damning claims against US President Donald Trump, was released on Wednesday by the Senate intelligence committee.

Comey will testify that Trump asked him to end his investigation into alleged contacts between Russian officials and Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.

According to the statement, Trump invited Comey for dinner at the White House on January 27, during which Trump asked him if he wanted to stay on as the FBI Director. "I found it strange, because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to," the statement reads.

"A few moments later, the president said, 'I need loyalty. I expect loyalty," Comey goes on. "He then said, '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.'"

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