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Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump

Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump
© Greg Nash

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday that memos drafted by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: Biden should consider pardoning Trump Comey: 'Greatest punishment' for Trump after Capitol riot is to 'move past' his presidency Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE about his conversations with President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE corroborate his testimony before Congress.

In a statement Thursday night obtained by MSNBC, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them We must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs MORE (D-Md.) said that Comey's memos, which were sent to lawmakers Thursday night, "provide strong corroborating evidence of everything he said about President Trump."

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Trump "wanted [Comey's] personal loyalty," and "wanted to end the Russia investigation" when he fired the FBI director last year, Cummings says.

"President Trump's interference was a blatant effort to deny justice," he added, "and Director Comey was right to document it as it happened."

Democrats have pointed to Trump's 2017 firing of Comey as an attempt to obstruct the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, which the special counsel office is now investigating as possible obstruction of justice.

Trump denied this week that Comey's firing was related to the Russia investigation, apparently walking back previous comments he made to the contrary to NBC's Lester Holt last year.

"Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!" Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Comey is currently on a national media tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty," which hit bookstores this week and quickly rose to the top of Amazon's bestseller list.

The Trump administration and Republicans have responded to Comey's media tour by casting the former FBI director as dishonest, with almost a dozen lawmakers calling for the Justice Department to open criminal proceedings into Comey and others in a letter this week.