Trump Really Wanted Comey To Say He Wasn’t Being Investigated

Comey's statement was published by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, a day before the former FBI director is set to testify

Former FBI Director James Comey. — Getty Images
Jun 07, 2017 at 3:43 PM ET

Former FBI Director James Comey, set to testify Thursday morning, will say that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly say that he wasn’t under investigation in a probe related to Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

As previously reported, Comey, who released his statement on Wednesday afternoon, wrote that Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Although Trump asked Comey, “I hope you can let this go,” Comey wrote that he did not say he would do any such thing.

During a March 30 phone call with the president, Comey said Trump asked him what he could do to “lift the cloud.” Comey responded that he was finishing the investigation as quickly as possible.

“I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change,” Comey wrote in the statement.

According to Comey, Trump said it would be good to weed out “satellite” associates of his that did wrong, “but that he hadn’t done anything wrong and hope I would find a way to get it out that we weren’t investigating him.”