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Comey Recounts Uneasy Meetings With Trump, Demands for Loyalty

  • Fired FBI chief’s testimony released day before Senate hearing
  • Trump’s lawyer says the president feels ‘totally vindicated’
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Parsing Comey's Senate Testimony Statement

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The first time James Comey met Donald Trump, he felt compelled to document their conversations, something he had not done regularly before. He typed up a memo recounting that Jan. 6 encounter on his laptop in a FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower “the moment I walked out of the meeting.”

In his nine one-on-one conversations with Trump, which form the basis of Comey’s opening statement to a Senate panel Thursday, the former FBI chief said Trump pressured him for loyalty, sought forbearance for Michael Flynn and asked him to lift the “cloud” of a Russia investigation hanging over the administration.