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Giugno 9, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaking publicly for the first time since he was sacked by President Donald Trump almost a month ago.

But others cautioned that proving the President acted with a specific intent to obstruct an official proceeding from a legal standpoint still poses significant challenges.

One of the questions the members of the committee may ask Comey is whether or not President Trump wanted the then-FBI director to end the agency's investigation of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn regarding his ties to Russian Federation and whether or not he lied about them.

Republican allies of Trump touted the answers that Coats and Rogers gave about never feeling "pressure" to lay off Flynn or the inquiry into potential connections between Trump's camp and Russia's meddling in the election a year ago.

Comey gave Washington and the world a preview of the testimony to come on Wednesday when he released an opening statement in which he revealed that he told Trump on January 6 he was not personally under investigation.

If that is true, it is certainly not an obstruction of justice.

Throughout American history - from Adams to Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to Kennedy to Obama - presidents have directed (not merely requested) the Justice Department to investigate, prosecute (or not prosecute) specific individuals or categories of individuals.

Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for the first time since he was sacked in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, before and after Trump's inauguration.

At the same time, Comey recalled that in a March 30 phone call, Trump asked Comey how to "lift the cloud" of the overall Russian Federation probe that made it hard for him to lead the country.

Comey said Trump repeatedly asked him to somehow resolve the Russian Federation investigation, and pressed him to drop the inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me", Comey said. "If the election were on October 27, I would be your president", Clinton said last month.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director then severely criticised the Trump administration following his sacking.

Collins hasn't been shy about voicing criticism toward Trump, whom she didn't support for president. "I decided in the moment to say it given the nature of the conversation".

On Feb. 14, Comey attended a scheduled briefing at the White House on counterterrorism. The testimony marked the first time Comey will be speaking since he was sacked by President Donald Trump on May 9.

Terry Berch McNally, co-owner of London Grill in Fairmount, says they're not holding back on their views, as is reflected in their menu while watching James Comey's testimony.

Comey also admitted that he gave copies of his Trump conversation memos to a good friend, a Columbia University Law professor, with instructions to pass them on to the media, in the hopes that a special counsel would be appointed.

Comey: It didn't seem to me to be important for the conversation we were having to understand it.

If so, said Stanford's Weisberg, Trump's words may have been ominous but probably weren't criminal. The president is accustomed to defending himself, and the former FBI director will be testifying about private conversations the two men had, nearly assuredly addressing the investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation.

"He wasn't thwarting an investigation he was implicated in", Weisberg said.

It is reasonable to conclude, this source added, that Comey did not think of any of the individual actions as constituting obstruction of justice.

Here's how we got to this point, and here are some things to expect from the most anticipated congressional hearing in recent memory. Mr. Comey will be peppered with questions by senators at a hearing Thursday where much new and potentially incriminating facts could emerge.

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