Former FBI director James Comey accused US President Donald Trump of asking him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
In dramatic written testimony, Comey said on Wednesday that Trump told him at a meeting in the White House in February, "'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.'"
"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December," Comey said ahead of his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
The account appears to confirm media reports about Comey's interactions with Trump that are to be at the heart of Thursday's hearing, although the information had not previously come directly and publicly from Comey.
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