President Donald Trump wished former FBI Director James Comey “good luck”, ahead of his highly anticipated congressional testimony on Thursday.
Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, is expected to be asked about whether Trump pressured him to back off a investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
While the White House has given various explanations for why Trump fired Comey, the President himself pointed to the FBI’s investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian leaders as one of the reasons.
After Trump fired Comey, he allegedly told the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during an Oval Office meeting that Comey was a “nut job” and that firing him relieved pressure on his presidency.
Asked on whether Trump will watch Comey’s testimony, The White House declined to comment, insisting that the President will have a “very, very busy day” that day.
“The President’s got a full day on Thursday. The President’s going to have a very, very busy day and, as he does all the time, I think his focus is going to be on pursuing the agenda and priorities that he was elected to do”, said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Trump has previously taken to Twitter to slam the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and “fake news”, with Spicer adding that Trump’s “tweets should be taken as the official stances of the president”.
“The president is the President of the United States, so they’re considered official statements of the President of the United States,” Spicer stated.