Former FBI director James Comey says that Donald Trump asked him to “let… go” of the case against his former security chief Mike Flynn.
The comments came in a conversation that occurred in the Oval Office when the pair were alone after Mr Flynn had resigned as National Security Adviser.
The interactions between the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the President are documented by Mr Comey in a prepared statement ahead of his appearance in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Mr Comey is set to testify on the investigation into any potential ties between the Trump campaign or associates and Moscow.
In a seven page briefing, Mr Comey writes: “The President began by saying, ‘I want to talk about Mike Flynn.’
“The President began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President.”
He says that after Mr Trump made a series of comments about leaks he returned to the subject of Mr Flynn and his innocence.
Mr Comey writes Mr Trump then said: “‘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’.”
He also writes that the US President told him at an earlier January dinner: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”
Mr Comey reveals that he told the President he was not under personal investigation and Mr Trump responded: “We need to get that fact out.”
Mr Trump asked him at the dinner on 27 January whether he wanted to stay on as FBI director, which led to him feeling that the dinner had been in part and attempt to create “some sort of patronage relationship”.
Mr Comey says he explained to Mr Trump that it was important that the FBI and Department of Justice remain independent of the White House but Mr Trump again, later, said “I need loyalty”.