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James Comey: Ex-FBI director, note-taker, orator

What we know about James Comey before he testifies:

The former FBI director has taken the spotlight at a congressional hearing before. In 2007, he told members of Congress the dramatic story of how he halted, at least for a while, the approval of a surveillance program he thought was unlawful by rushing to the hospital room of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.

So we know he’s capable of delivering riveting testimony.

We also know that he takes notes: In his career, he’s written down notes about what happened in important meetings and conversations. He did this in February, after meeting with President Trump.

From our story:

“I hope you can let this go,” Trump said, according to the Comey notes, which were described by the associates. Comey’s written account of the meeting is two pages long and highly detailed, the associates said. …
Comey’s account of the February talk made it clear that his understanding of the conversation was that the president was seeking to impede the investigation, according to people who have read the account or had it read to them. Comey’s notes also made it clear he felt that the conversation with the president was improper and decided to withhold details of it from the case agents working on the Russia probe, according to the associates.

Comey was director of the FBI from 2013 to May of this year. Previously, he served as deputy U.S. attorney general and U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Here’s more to read about Comey:

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.