The Republican National Committee on Wednesday attempted to downplay the details of former FBI Director James Comey's opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Trying to find something of substance in Comey's opening statement," the Republican National Committee said in a tweet from its official account, which was complete with a GIF of Ethan Hawke in the American Western flick "In a Valley of Violence."
The party further dismissed the details of Comey's statement in an official response.
"President Trump was right," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. "Director Comey's statement reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along — he was never under investigation."
Comey is scheduled to testify at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The committee released Comey's opening statement to the public ahead of the hearing, and it included detailed descriptions of the former FBI director's conversations with President Trump.
According to the opening statement, Comey will testify Thursday that Trump asked him in February to end the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump fired Flynn for misleading the vice president over contacts he had with Russia.
Comey will also tell the committee about a March 30 phone call he had with Trump, during which the former FBI director said Trump called the Russia investigation a "cloud" that was "impairing" his presidency.
The former FBI director's opening statement also includes a description of a Jan. 27 dinner he had with Trump at the White House.
During the dinner, Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him.
"I need loyalty; I expect loyalty," Trump said, according to Comey.
Comey said he told the president he "will always get honesty from me."
The former FBI director's interactions with Trump were memorialized in memos he created while at the bureau. The details of those memos had been previously reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times.