Former FBI Director James Comey arrives at the U.S. Capitol to testify before the Senate about his interactions with President Trump regarding the Russia probe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former FBI Director James Comey arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to testify before the Senate about his interactions with President Trump regarding the Russia probe. The blockbuster hearing will put at center stage a high-stakes clash between Comey and President Trump. In written testimony released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Comey quoted Trump as telling him the Russia investigation was a "cloud" impairing his ability to operate as president. Comey said in his statement that in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on Feb.14, Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn that is part of a wider probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Comey quoted Trump as saying. Comey also said Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on Jan. 27 that he needed "loyalty." Trump fired the FBI chief on May 9, setting off a political firestorm, and he has since called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander."