Comey's statement also describes two phone calls in which Trump urged him to publicly declare Trump was not personally under investigation.
It has been speculated that senators will question Comey on allegations that the president asked him to drop an inquiry into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's ties with Russian officials. "He [Flynn] is a good guy and has been through a lot", Trump allegedly told Comey. "I hope you can let this go,"' Comey says in his prepared remarks.
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) in the House of Representatives in Washington, U.S., on February 28, 2017 and then FBI Director James Comey in Washington U.S. on July 7, 2016.
Comey's planned introductory remarks were released Wednesday night, stealing at least a bit of the thunder of Thursday's hearings. The contents of the dossier have never been confirmed and are not believed to be the center of the FBI's investigation, but were clearly on Trump's mind in several conversations with Comey, the testimony indicates. They key question at hand: Did Trump put pressure on Comey to back off the investigation, potentially obstructing justice in the process?
On CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront", Lieberman was asked if Trump sought any form of a loyalty pledge during their discussions, which occurred after Trump fired Comey.
"We're going to have to fight that", Schiff said.
What has been dubbed "The Comey Hearing Covfefe" will last until 12:30 p.m.
Comey replied to Trump that Flynn was in fact a "good guy" and one with whom he had a positive experience as a colleague when he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
"Trump would not leave him alone", Meyers said. The senator adds that statements about the Russian Federation probe attributed to Trump by Comey raise the question of whether the president's actions "meet the legal standard for obstruction of justice".
Cohen, along with Flynn, has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee, which is also conducting a Russian Federation probe. Comey did not ask Trump what he meant by "that thing".
He also served as Chris Christie's personal attorney during the Bridgegate Investigation and graduated from Yale Law School.
"I think the request is inappropriate", said Andrew Arena, a retired senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official.
- Comey says Trump again said "the cloud" was interfering with his ability to do his job.