The Senate Intelligence Committee released the text of Comey’s opening statement he gave during today’s Comey hearing. CNN and other anti-trump Democratic media, thought that Comey was, “expected to refute Trump”. They got this information from “anonymous sources”, although Comey told Trump THREE TIMES that he was not under investigation. CNN later issued a correction as follows:
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
Here is Comey’s statement:
In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. 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.
Comey also said in today’s hearing, questioned by Burr, he said there was no evidence that the Russians changed any votes in the 2016 election, and that Trump did not ask him to drop the Russian investigation. That destroys the Russian narrative thoroughly.
Comey also spoke about a call with President Trump on March 30th, here’s what he said:
On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. 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. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.
Comey described the “lifting of the cloud” as if Trump wanted him to state publically that Donald Trump was not under investigation himself, which Comey told the President on three separate occasions.
He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel. He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General.
Basically, Trump is innocent of any collusion with Russia and is angry and curious as to why Comey wouldn’t say so. This clearly isn’t pressure, illegal, or obstruction of justice, but the mainstream media will play it like that.