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Comey Opening Statement For Senate Intelligence Hearing, Annotated

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying on Thursday before a Senate Intelligence Committee. His opening testimony was expelled on Wednesday.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying on Thursday before a Senate Intelligence Committee. His opening testimony was expelled on Wednesday.

Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Before Comey was dismissed on May 9, he led a FBI’s review into Russian division in a 2016 choosing and intensity ties between Trump associates and Russia. That examine is now led by a special prosecutor.

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The Senate cabinet posted Comey’s opening matter a day early. In it, Comey says President Trump asked him for “loyalty” during a cooking in Jan and after in a Oval Office pronounced he “hope[d] we can let” a review into his former inhabitant confidence confidant Michael Flynn “go.” The White House has denied that Trump ever asked for a review to be close down.

Here are his full prepared remarks, annotated by NPR journalists.