Comey to Congress: Trump Told Him 'I Need Loyalty'

Transcript of Comey's prepared remarks released
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2017 1:24 PM CDT
A transcript of James Comey's prepared remarks for his Thursday testimony has been released.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Former FBI Director James Comey will say in his opening statement to a congressional hearing that President Trump told him, "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty" during a January dinner, the AP reports. Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday. His prepared statement was released Wednesday afternoon.

In the statement, Comey says he and Trump dined together privately in January. During the meal, he says Trump asked him if he wanted to remain on as FBI director. Comey says he replied that he wanted to serve out his 10-year term and "was not on anybody's side politically." Comey says Trump then made his statement about loyalty. Trump abruptly fired Comey last month. (Read more James Comey stories.)

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