Comey’s opening statement ahead of the Senate hearing reconfirms that Trump was never under investigation. Period. Comey’s statement also reveals that Trump suggested an investigation into himself to clear up the Russia scandal, which Comey declined:
From the Washington Examiner
On Jan. 27, at a White House dinner with just Trump and Comey, Trump suggested an FBI investigation to prove that certain rumors about him were not true.
“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,” Comey wrote.
A sitting President has absolute authority to ask about any investigation as long it does not interfere in the fact gathering process.
Trump asked Comey for loyalty:
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel highlighted those passages, tweeting Wednesday, “Comey’s testimony reconfirmed what @POTUS has been saying all along: The President was never under investigation.”
Comey went on to say he and the president later dined on Jan. 27 at the White House. This is when the conversation allegedly turned to “loyalty.” He said Trump asked whether he wanted to stay on at the FBI, but after he made clear he was not on anyone’s side politically, Trump pressed him on loyalty.
“I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey said in the statement.
Comey admitted that when Trump later said he wanted “honest loyalty,” Comey assured, “You will get that from me.” He later wrote in a personal memo he may have interpreted that term differently from Trump.
By the way, Robert Gates pledged ‘loyalty’ to Obama, and not one peep out of Dems or their media tools:
JOHN DICKERSON: In the reporting about the F.B.I. director, there was a report that the president asked him for his loyalty. Help people understand the line between duty, loyalty, and personal conscience.
SEC. ROBERT GATES: I think in the context of senior government positions, I think an anecdote of what I told President-Elect Obama when we had our first meeting. And I said, “You don’t know me. Can you trust me? Why do you think you can trust me?” and so on. But at the end, I said, “You can count on me to be loyal to you. I will not leak. I will keep my disagreements with you private. And if I cannot be loyal, I’ll leave.”
THREE TIMES Comey stated that no one in the Trump administration ever pressured him to halt the investigation.
High ranking Dems were forced to admit that there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The Senate Intelligence Committee released James Comey’s prepared testimony a day early on Wednesday, and it looks like a test of whether Washington can apprehend reality except as another Watergate. Perhaps the defrocked FBI director has a bombshell still to drop. But far from documenting an abuse of power by President Trump, his prepared statement reveals Mr. Comey’s misunderstanding of law enforcement in a democracy.
……Mr. Comey also confirms that on at least three occasions he told Mr. Trump that he was not a personal target of the Russia probe. But Mr. Comey wouldn’t make a public statement to the same effect, “most importantly because it would create a duty to correct” if Mr. Trump were implicated. This is odd because the real obligation is to keep quiet until an investigation is complete.
……The most troubling part of Mr. Comey’s statement is his belief in what he calls “the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch,” which he invokes more than once. Independent? This is a false and dangerous view of law enforcement in the American system.
Mr. Comey is describing an FBI director who essentially answers to no one. But the police powers of the government are awesome and often abused, and the only way to prevent or correct abuses is to report to elected officials who are accountable to voters. A director must resist intervention to obstruct an investigation, but he and the agency must be politically accountable or risk becoming the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover.
Mr. Comey says Mr. Trump strongly suggested in February that he close the Michael Flynn file, but after conferring with his “FBI senior leadership” he decided not to relay the conversation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions or any other Justice Department superior. If he thought he was being unduly pressured he had a legal obligation to report, and in our view to resign, but he says he didn’t because “we expected” that Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from Russia involvement.
Well, how did he know? Mr. Sessions didn’t recuse himself until two weeks later. Mr. Comey also didn’t tell the acting Deputy AG, who at the time was a U.S. attorney whom Mr. Comey dismisses as someone “who would also not be long in the role.”
This remarkable presumptuousness is the Comey mindset that was on display last year. He broke Justice Department protocol to absolve Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, without the involvement of Justice prosecutors or even telling then Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Mr. Comey’s disregard for the chain of legal command is why Mr. Trump was right to fire him, whatever his reasons.
……Meanwhile, Mr. Trump announced that he is nominating respected Justice Department veteran Christopher Wray as the next FBI director. Let’s hope Mr. Wray has a better understanding of the FBI’s role under the Constitution than Mr. Comey does.
The entire cabal of unhinged Dem moonbats invested all their wet dreams into a bombshell that would destroy Trump’s presidency. They’re going to be real disappointed.