Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify Thursday before Congress on Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
The ousted director is expected to comment on the bureau's ongoing investigation of disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn, according to a copy of Comey's prepared statement, which was made available online Wednesday afternoon.
Comey is also expected to testify on his numerous private meetings earlier this year with President Trump.
Here are the nine most interesting passages from Comey's prepared address:
9. First Time
Comey told Trump on January 6 that the FBI was "not investigating him personally."
"That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him," the statement reads, adding that Trump was offered that assurance during a one-on-one meeting that month.
Comey would go on to assure the president of this exact point at least two more times before being let go in May.
Comey said he decided to document his conversations with Trump after their first, and apparently unsettling, meeting in January.
"Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past," Comey wrote.
Compared to Trump, Comey basically never spoke to former President Barack Obama.
"I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016," the ex-FBI director wrote.
"In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone," he added.
6. Dinner Talk
Comey's account of his Jan. 27 dinner with Trump is just so, so strange:
The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away. My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship.
Idle dinner conversation or a ham-fisted attempt to explain that the FBI director can easily be replaced? You decide.
That's not even the most startling reported detail:
[T]he President said, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty." I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.
He then said, "I need loyalty." I replied, "You will always get honesty from me." He paused and then said, "That's what I want, honest loyalty." I paused, and then said, "You will get that from me." As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase "honest loyalty" differently, but I decided it wouldn't be productive to push it further.
5. Everyone Out
On February 14, Trump dismissed members of his Cabinet from the Oval Office so that he could speak alone with Comey.
Trump pitched Comey on maybe, kind of, sort of backing off the investigation of Flynn.
"I want to talk about Mike Flynn," Trump reportedly said. "He is a good guy and has been through a lot."
The president reportedly added, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."
4. No Reply
Comey said he approached FBI leadership immediately after his Feb.14 meeting with Trump. The former director also said he contacted Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the matter.
"I told the AG that what had just happened – him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind – was inappropriate and should never happen. He did not reply," Comey wrote.
3. The Cloud
Trump called Comey again on March 30 and asked that the director do something about the "cloud" that the Russia investigation had created over the administration.
Comey assured Trump again that they "were not personally investigating" him.
The former director then contacted Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente to report on what had just happened over the phone. Boente never responded.
Part of Trump's March 30 phone call was to stress that there was no truth to the rumors that he is a big fan of Russian prostitutes.
"He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to 'lift the cloud,'" Comey wrote.
The former director reminded Trump once more that they were not investigating him personally.
1. More Loaded Language
On April 11, Comey once again fielded a call from Trump.
The president was eager to know what Comey had done to publicize the fact that the FBI wasn't investigating Trump personally. Comey said it was an issue that the Justice Department should look at, and suggested further that the White House counsel contact the DOJ, as that would be the appropriate channel to handle all of that.
Trump then said in a bizarre side note, "I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know."
Comey wrote that he had no idea what this meant.
You can read the full letter here: