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RNC Rolls out Efforts to Combat Comey Testimony

The RNC is encouraging supporters to focus on Comey's acknowledgment in his prepared text that he told Trump he was not directly under investigation as part of the FBI's Russia probe

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    Excerpts From James Comey's Prepared Statement

    Former FBI Director James Comey released a prepared statement of his testimony ahead of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing set for June 8. (Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017)

    The Republican National Committee says President Donald Trump knew that firing FBI Director James Comey would be "detrimental to his presidency" but believed it was the right thing to do for the country.

    That's among the talking points the RNC is providing to Trump backers ahead of Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday.

    A pair of former White House officials — Katie Walsh, who left her post as deputy chief of staff in March, and Mike Dubke, who stepped down as communications director last week — are helping the RNC effort to combat Comey's testimony.

    The RNC is encouraging supporters to focus on Comey's acknowledgment in his prepared text that he told Trump he was not directly under investigation as part of the FBI's Russia probe.

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    President Trump is flipping the script on foreign election interference, after telling ABC News that he’d consider taking foreign dirt on a political opponent. The president clarified his previous statement on Fox News, saying that “there isn’t anything wrong with listening” to such intelligence, and that “of course” he’d contact the authorities if a foreign power offered it to him.”
     
    (Published Friday, June 14, 2019)

    Republicans also say the president does want the Russia investigations to move forward, an argument the White House has used against Democrats who say Trump fired Comey in an effort to halt the FBI probe.