Trump Asked National Intelligence Director to Intervene in Comey's Russia Probe

Trump made the comment in a meeting with Republican leadership on health care and tax cuts.

"Jared has actually become much more famous than me - I'm a little upset at that", Trump said, cracking up the room.

The president may also be watching.

The Times report, which cited current and former law enforcement officials, added that Comey did not specify his issue with Trump in the conversation with Sessions. "The last time he testified under oath, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had to scurry to correct the testimony, " adviser Kellyanne Conway said earlier this week.

The dramatic leaks have at times overwhelmed Mr. Trump's policy agenda and left lawmakers eager to hear directly from Mr. Comey.

However, Comey has told associates he will not corroborate Trump's claim that on three separate occasions Comey told the president he was not under investigation as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the US election, a source familiar the former director's thinking told ABC News.

The Post story shows Trump tried multiple times to make the investigation go away by going to the "principal conductors" of those probes, former Post reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN.

The hug made Comey uncomfortable because of the appearance of being too cozy with the president, according to a Comey pal.

Axed FBI Director James Comey will break his silence on Thursday in sworn testimony before the Senate intelligence committee to address his firing and allegations that Trump asked him to kill the federal investigation into his former national security adviser, putting the Russian Federation controversy that has hampered the GOP agenda front and center once again.

Comey is expected to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday about his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his May 9 firing, and his conversation with Sessions could come up at the hearing.

Less than a week before his firing, Comey strenuously defended his actions in the Clinton email case, including his decision to alert Congress just 11 days before the presidential election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails.

In 2007, Comey offered riveting testimony to a Senate panel about a confrontation he had at a hospital with senior White House aides over a classified surveillance program. "I hope you can let this go".

Rollins and others with Great America say they plan to stand up for Trump in cable appearances Thursday.

"I would expect him to hew pretty closely to facts and events", said Jack Sharman, a partner at Lightfoot, Franklin and White and former special counsel to a congressional committee that investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said.

"This is a moment in history to say that the attack on the justice system stops here", she said.

Of course, it's not clear where else Trump could have turned for help in May, considering his attorney general recused himself from the investigation, his deputy AG dodged a request to formally "recommend" Comey's dismissal, his chief of staff is a glorified nanny, and the stooges in Congress have no power over the FBI's activity. "That phrase raises a lot of questions in my mind", she said. "Does Mr. Comey agree that that was what was said?" Some of the commentary in it - including the title - echoes public statements by Trump and other administration officials.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president would have a "very, very busy day" on Thursday.

The testimony is set to take place Thursday starting at 10 a.m.

Also scheduled to appear Wednesday are National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. The Washington Post reported that Trump asked both men, in separate conversations, to publicly state that there was no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.

  • Jon Douglas