Former FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday that President Donald Trump asked him to back off the probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, according to an opening statement posted by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,'” Comey will say of an Oval Office meeting in February, confirming an account first reported in The New York Times.
Comey will say that he interpreted the president’s comment as a request that the FBI “drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.” Comey will testify, “I did not say I would ‘let this go.'”
However, the former FBI chief “did not understand the president to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign.”
Comey’s testimony, based partly on written records he made after one-on-one conversations with Trump, casts additional light on Trump’s behavior with the former FBI chief and the the president’s possible motives for firing Comey.
See the full testimony below: