WASHINGTON (AP) – Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify today at 10 a.m. before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency that prides itself on independence.
This testimony is Comey’s first public statement since his May 9 dismissal.
Seven pages of prepared testimony were released Wednesday, and recount vivid details of his one-one-one conversations with Trump.
Comey’s testimony says he believed the president was trying to create a “patronage relationship” with him. He began keeping memos of their private discussions.
Comey notes he had nine one-on-one interactions with Trump over a four-month stretch, whereas he had two with former President Barack Obama between 2013 and 2016.
The ex-FBI director also plans to validate Trump’s assertion that he was not personally a target of the federal counterintelligence investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russia.
Trump’s personal lawyer said Trump was cheered by the testimony.
To read the released annotated testimony, click here.