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Live updates: Comey testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

Former FBI director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Comey's prepared remarks were released on Wednesday, in which he describes his conversations with President Donald Trump. "I need loyalty," Trump said to Comey, according to those remarks. Globe writers are tweeting live throughout the hearing. Follow their updates and commentary in the stream below.

    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:01:33 PM

    Comey on Trump’s explanation for his firing last month: "Those were lies plain and simple.”

    Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 6/8/2017 3:06:52 PM via null
    From the AP:
    10:50 a.m.
    Former FBI director James Comey says he thought during a January dinner with President Donald Trump that the president was ‘‘looking to get something’’ in exchange for allowing him to stay on as FBI director.
    Comey is describing his views that the president was trying to create a type of ‘‘patronage relationship’’ at the start of the Trump administration.
    The ousted FBI head is testifying that the president told him before the dinner he hoped he would stay as director.
    Comey says law enforcement leaders aren’t ‘‘supposed to be peeking out to see whether your patron is pleased or not with what you’re doing.’’
    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:10:16 PM
    From the AP:
    11:00 a.m.
    Former FBI director James Comey says he took ‘‘as a direction’’ President Donald Trump’s remark that he hoped Comey would drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
    Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho asked if Comey was aware of anyone being charged with obstruction of justice because they expressed hope for a certain outcome. Comey says he wasn't.
    But Comey added at his Senate hearing: ‘‘I took it as a direction,’’ and noted that the remark came during a one-on-one meeting with the president of the United States.
    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:10:35 PM

    ‘Those were lies, plain and simple,’ Comey says of Trump defense of firing

    In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey is recounting a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy.
    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:18:42 PM

    Comey: "I was honestly concerned that [Trump] might lie about the nature of that meeting."

    Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 6/8/2017 3:20:14 PM

    Everything you need to know about what’s happened so far in the Comey testimony

    Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee could be a once-in-a-generation event.
    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:22:34 PM
    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:23:29 PM

    James Comey on the possibility Trump taped their meetings and conversations.

    Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 6/8/2017 3:26:32 PM

    Here's everything you need to know about what’s happened so far in the Comey testimony from James Pindell:

    11:00a.m.: “Lordy” Comey hopes Trump taped their Oval Office meeting

    After Trump fired Comey, news reports said that Comey took detailed notes about their meetings. Trump responded on Twitter: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

    During his testimony on Wednesday Comey said that in fact he hopes there are tapes.

    “I’ve seen the tweets about tapes. Lordy I hope there are tapes,” he said.

    Read more.

    Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:26:55 PM
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