James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since his abrupt ousting a month ago marks one of the most consequential congressional hearings in years. Critics accuse Mr Trump of attempting to obstruct justice and make comparisons to the Watergate scandal that toppled Richard Nixon. Our DC bureau correspondents followed the testimony and the Senate intelligence committee questioning as it unfolded.

Key points

  • Comey said he took the Trump request to drop a Mike Flynn investigation as a “direction”. He later quoted Henry II, saying the gist of the request was who will rid me of this meddlesome priest
  • Comey testified that Trump and others in the administration lied when they said FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey
  • Discussing the Trump suggestion that there were tapes of their conversations, Comey said “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”
  • Comey acknowledged he orchestrated a leak about his Trump conversations in hope of triggering a special counsel appointment.
  • Read the account of the hearing here

 

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent Thursday preparing for the second presidential debate, now just 72 hours away.

Clinton, who attended a Manhattan fundraiser but had no public appearances scheduled, hunkered down with aides to rehearse policy positions and no doubt practice a few one-liners. Trump, whose improbable presidential bid faces a make-or-break moment on Sunday night, scheduled his own town hall-style event for Thursday evening. Read more