Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official Chris Wray to lead FBI

Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official Chris Wray to lead FBI

"I think it's impossible to avoid the conclusion that the President got rid of him because he saw him as a threat", said Senator Reed.

Comey goes on to detail two in-person meetings, including a one-on-one dinner January 27 at the White House that Comey said made him feel "uneasy" and during which he claimed Trump said, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty". "During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance".

The White House said Trump won't attempt to block Comey's appearance. Asked Tuesday about the testimony, President Donald Trump was tight-lipped.

The statement details five conversations Comey had with Trump: one before his inauguration and four after Trump became president.

Comey's testimony marks his first public comments since he was abruptly ousted by Trump on May 9.

According to the statement, Trump then asked what could be done to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation.

The president met last week with candidates for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director post, including Wray, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Some top staffers kept their doors closed as televisions screens looped the allegations.

These aren't the only questions that we're looking for Comey to answer.

"On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I "get out" that he is not personally under investigation".

Wray was one of several candidates the White House interviewed to potentially replace Comey, including former Connecticut Sen. For example, would Flynn, if he comes to cooperate with the prosecution, testify that the President spoke with him about the helping to end the investigation?

About two weeks later, Comey said, Trump called and asked what was being done to underscore that he himself was not under investigation. "I hope you can let this go".

"Trump reportedly told Comey: "[Flynn] is a good guy and has been through a lot. "I replied only that 'he is a good guy'".

Comey says Trump told him he expected loyalty during the dinner, after which they "simply looked at each other in silence".

He, of course, made the announcement via Twitter, and with interesting timing. "I did not say I would let this go".

"President Trump was right", said RNC Chairwoman McDaniel. Wray would have reported to Comey, and there are photos from a press conference during those years where Wray is photographed standing behind Comey, who was announcing a settlement the government reached with AOL to close fraud investigations.

The congressman cautioned those concerned by Trump early in the talk not to burn out on outrage. She would not give specifics.

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