Former FBI Director James Comey's written testimony ahead of his hearing on Thursday corroborates suspicions of "very incriminating" allegations against President Trump and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Speaking Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C., Schiff (D-Burbank) said he wasn't surprised by the revelations that Trump expressed growing concern over the mounting Russia probe and his apparent wish that it be brought to an end. According to Comey, that included a request by Trump to see what could be done to “lift the cloud” of the investigation enveloping his young presidency.
"That’s pretty damning,” Schiff said. “You also have confirmation that the president effectively asked [Comey] to stop the portion of the Russian investigation involving [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn. Both of those things are completely inappropriate, unethical and maybe more.”
In his prepared testimony released on Wednesday, Comey said he had a total of nine one-on-one conversations -- three face-to-face meetings and six phone calls -- with Trump before his firing. In it, Comey said he documented all of these conversations with Trump immediately afterward.
Schiff would not go so far as to say that these allegations may rise to the level of obstruction of justice -- and thus potential grounds for impeachment -- by the president.