Comey expected to refute Trump

John F. Kelly

There will be much in former FBI Director James Comey's upcoming congressional testimony that will make the White House uncomfortable, but he will stop short of saying the president interfered with the agency's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a source familiar with Comey's thinking told ABC News.

The events involving Coats show the president went further than just asking intelligence officials to deny publicly the existence of any evidence showing collusion during the 2016 election, as The Washington Post reported in May.

Sources told Yahoo! News that before the White House hired Kasowitz, several high profile lawyers turned Trump down: "Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell".

Comey told lawmakers that though it made him "mildly nauseous" to think his moves could have influenced the election, he would have made the same choices again.

This comes after he was sacked by President Donald Trump.

While the White House has had problems lawyering up, POLITICO reports that Mueller, a former FBI Director, is putting together a hardcore prosecution team whose experience includes: Enron, the Mafia and Watergate.

In 2007, Comey offered riveting testimony to a Senate panel about a confrontation he had at a hospital with senior White House aides over a classified surveillance program.

The associate said Trump asked him again, and that he declined again, but when Trump asked if he would have Comey's "honest loyalty", Comey replied, "You will have that".

The message of the ad reflects a strategy by Trump and his advocates to erode Comey's credibility.

The White House had hoped to set up a "war room" stocked with Trump allies and top-flight lawyers to combat questions about the FBI and congressional investigations into possible ties between the campaign and Russian Federation.

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"I hope people don't over interpret my answers, but I just don't want to start talking about anything - what we're looking at and how", Comey says. It has $400,000 behind it, the group said.

Rollins and others with Great America say they plan to stand up for Trump in cable appearances Thursday.

He said the White House has "improved" its communications with surrogates, starting with the president's recent trip overseas, and frequently holds call-ins to discuss what story lines they'd like to push.

A pro-Trump outside group is seeking to label James Comey as untrustworthy ahead of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's scheduled testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Efforts to discredit Comey and his testimony have already begun as one political group announced Tuesday that it would air a 30-second commercial calling him a political "showboat" on Thursday.

Coats will testify on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Republicans will be interested in whether he faced any pressure under the Obama administration to let Clinton off the hook.

USA surveillance practices have come under increased scrutiny amid unsubstantiated assertions by Trump and other Republicans that the White House under former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, improperly spied on Trump or his associates.

On the eve of Comey's testimony before Congress, Trump tweets: "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" With Trump are from left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.

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