Former FBI Director James Comey will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that President Donald Trump told him he “had not been involved” with Russian hookers.
Comey will say the exchange occurred during a March 30 phone call when Trump called Comey’s office at the FBI, according to prepared remarks published by the committee on Wednesday.
“He described the Russia investigation ‘as a cloud‘ that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country,” Comey wrote in the memo. “He 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.”
An unverified dossier detailing the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, prepared by a former British intelligence official, contained a claim that Trump hired sex workers to perform lewd acts in a Moscow Ritz-Carlton presidential suite where President Barack Obama once stayed. Trump has publicly dismissed the dossier as “fake news.”
In their conversation, Comey will say he responded that he was directing the FBI to investigate the matter as quickly as it could. Comey will say that during a January 27 dinner, Trump expressed his “disgust” for the allegations, and was considering ordering Comey to investigate the “alleged incident” to prove it didn’t happen.
Comey told Trump that ordering the investigation would “create a narrative” that the FBI was investigating him personally — which the FBI wasn’t doing at that point — and that it’s difficult to “prove a negative.”
Trump fired Comey via a letter on May 9. Here’s how you can watch Comey’s testimony on Thursday.
Here are Comey’s full prepared remarks:
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