Former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming congressional testimony will make headlines on Thursday, but it’s highly likely that Comey will stop short of saying the president interfered with the agency’s probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a source associated with ABC News.
In fact, Comey reportedly told associates he has no plans to accuse the President of obstructing justice.
“He is not going to Congress to make accusations about the President’s intent, instead he’s there to share his concerns,” the source said regarding a memo between Trump and Comey about the investigation.
However, Comey has told associates he will not corroborate Trump’s claim that on three separate occasions Comey told the president he was not under investigation as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, a source familiar the former director’s thinking told ABC News.
Trump was asked directly at a press conference last month if he had “in any way, shape or form” asked Comey to “back down the investigation into Michael Flynn.”
“No. No. Next question,” was Trump’s swift response to the reporter.
Comey is scheduled to testify publicly for the first time since he was fired at a hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
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