Testifying under oath before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday morning, James Comey submitted remarks confirming the assertion made repeatedly by President Trump that he had not pressured the former FBI director to drop the Russia investigation. Comey confirmed another Trump contention repeatedly made by the president, that the former FBI director had told him three times that he was not under investigation. Those were the major revelations in Comey’s testimony, his first public comments since Trump fired him as FBI director on May 9.
The testimony seemed to vindicate the president’s confidence his version of events would prevail when he announced on Monday he would not invoke executive privilege to prevent Comey from testifying. While the hearing was in progress, Trump addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference and said he and his supporters “are under siege” but “will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever.” The president said “entrenched interests” in Washington “will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and their prejudice, but we will not back down from doing what is right.”