Former FBI chief James Comey has accused US President Donald Trump of asking him to drop an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
In dramatic written testimony, Comey said Trump made the request against the backdrop of the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
He also said Trump wanted his loyalty.
Comey is set to appear before a Senate Committee later today.
Trump fired Flynn in a controversy over inappropriate contacts with senior Russian officials. If proved it could amount to obstruction of justice by the president.
Democrat Al Green has already drawn his own conclusions:
“And I’ve concluded that as a result articles of impeachment should be drawn. I have engaged in the process of drafting articles of impeachment my articles of impeachment are being reviewed and at some point if no one else does, I will file articles of impeachment to impeach President Donald J Trump.”
Trump’s administration has been overshadowed by the issue for several months. The Senate Committee must now judge whether the conversations were simply chatter or something illegal.
Trump’s response has been to tweet that he is pleased Comey has publicly confirmed that the president was not under investigation in any Russian probe.
In the meantime Trump has chosen lawyer Christopher Wray as a replacement for Comey at the FBI. Described as “ straight-talking, Wray worked at the Justice Department under former President George Bush.