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Comey says he was ‘stunned’ by Feb. 14 Flynn conversation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked James Comey why didn’t he stop and tell President Trump “this is wrong” if he felt he was being pressured by the president to halt the probe into Michael Flynn during a Feb. 14 Oval Office meeting after Flynn had been fired.

In Comey’s prepared testimony, he said Trump had said: “I hope you can let this go.” Comey interpreted that remark as referring to the FBI’s Flynn probe and not its look at the entire Russia-related investigation.

Explaining the fact he didn’t object at the time, Comey said: “Maybe if I was stronger I would have…I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in.”

“Maybe other people would be stronger in that circumstance.”

Comey said when he finally agreed with Trump that Flynn was a “good guy,” it was a “slightly cowardly way of telling him ” that the investigation would not be halted.

James Comey testimony: Updates and reaction

Former FBI director James B. Comey is set to testify today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.; a closed hearing is to start at 1 p.m.

Comey’s testimony was previewed on Wednesday in written remarks in which he describes President Trump’s demand of loyalty and the investigations.