Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET
Less than 24 hours before former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee posted his prepared opening remarks on its website Wednesday. In them, Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May, describes in detail their various interactions and conversations—offering what appear to be direct quotes from the president. “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump said at a private January dinner, according to Comey’s testimony.
To add context, we’ve annotated his expected statements below.
Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I was asked to testify today to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on subjects that I understand are of interest to you. I have not included every detail from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the Committee.
January 6 Briefing
I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessmentThe assessment concluded that the Russian government had ordered a cyberattack that was intended to help Trump win the presidency. The meeting occurred a few hours after then-President Barack Obama received a briefing on the classified report. concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspectsThe sensitive aspects of the report involved allegations that Russian operatives had compromising information about Trump. Those allegations came partly from memos compiled by a former British intelligence official, which were later published by BuzzFeed. of the information assembled during the assessment.