Former FBI Director James Comey will reportedly tell the Senate Intelligence Committee he did indeed tell President Trump he personally was not under investigation, something the president noted in the dismissal memo he wrote to the former FBI director. Comey will testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday.
"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," Comey will say.
"During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it," Comey wrote in his leaked opening statement.
"That's an important thing," NBC chief justice correspondent Pete Williams noted.
Read the entire letter, via the Senate Intelligence Committee:
Appears Comey did tell Trump he wasn't under investigation, as the president said in the letter.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 7, 2017
Comey appears to confirm in testimony 3x Trump referenced in firing letter in which he told POTUS he was not personally under investigation— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) June 7, 2017