How to watch the James Comey testimony live

The 2016 election and its aftermath have wrecked public faith in institutions. Among those reasons were: (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing. "He said you are not under investigation". "I think Director Comey will probably get a lot of questions about that tomorrow, would be my guess". The three tarnished institutions-media, government, and law enforcement-are converging.

It is a blurb concerning a phone call Comey received from Trump on March 30.

That tendency was on display Wednesday, just hours before Comey's written Senate testimony was released a day before his appearance.

The testimony, Comey's first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump was asked, "Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?". "So people went to vote on November 8th having no idea that there was an active counter-intelligence investigation going on of the Trump campaign". Both men reportedly refused.

At Wednesday's hearing, Coats brushed off the Post report. I'm an independent investigator. Rogers assured the committee that he, too, had never been "directed" to do anything inappropriate and had never felt "pressured" to do so. If Comey affirms the allegations that he told Trump he was not under investigation, the committee is likely to ask why such a "clear breach of protocol" occurred, according to Reuters. Mark Warner, a top Democrat on the committee, according to Reuters. John McCain - a Republican - told a Bloomberg reporter.

"Why are you not answering our questions?" he asked. "I would argue that's not a good idea". Named officials, on camera, were inadvertently conceding as much. Some legal experts said Comey's account could bolster such a case.

USA surveillance practices have come under increased scrutiny amid unsubstantiated assertions by Trump and other Republicans that the White House under former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, improperly spied on Trump or his associates.

Released Wednesday, a day ahead of Comey's highly anticipated testimony to a Senate committee, the remarks detail a series of conversations between the men about the investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and Comey's discomfort with the interactions. "I think Comey sees this different from the president did".

Trump asked for Comey's "loyalty". Trump seemed morally obtuse but shrewd. This includes whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot as well as suspected ties between Moscow and fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Comey writes, "He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Comey did not say whether he thought the president's actions amounted to obstructing the investigation, an issue lawmakers are expected to highlight Thursday in their questions. They alarmed Comey, too. We are simply living in an age when no one ever changes there mind about anything unless they are nearly literally forced to do so, and it is hard to anticipate that actually happening here.

"The president wanted to take the pressure off the Russian Federation investigation".

It's not perfectly consonant, but it fits together.

"Mr. Trump could also undermine his own defense if he shows he was aware of an ongoing grand jury proceeding at the time he fired Mr. Comey", he added.

Comey's testimony describes the interactions of a classic odd couple.

For the last 150 or so days, Trump has lurched from crisis to crisis, tweeting away his public support and increasingly alienating allies who hold his political fate in their hands. But Trump's recidivism provides a kind of corroboration.

Comey is to testify before the same Senate panel this morning. "His efforts to get Comey to back off of Flynn and his reported effort to get intelligence officials to intervene with the Federal Bureau of Investigation provide further, unnecessary, support for his confession".

It's not surprising that Trump's warmest words have been reserved for autocrats.