“I’m a private citizen now so as a private citizen, yes,” Comey said before a Senate committee examining the origins of the Russia probe. "And he (Trump) said he would."
Comey, one of the principal figures behind the U.S. investigation into links between Russia and Trump's 2016 election campaign, testified on an FBI probe of Trump campaign officials, code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.”
Senate Republicans say the probe, which was later handed off to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was intended to undermine Republican Trump's candidacy and presidency.
In December, a Justice Department watchdog found evidence of numerous errors but no political bias when the FBI opened the investigation.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Special Counsel Mueller found that Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, pursued the Trump Tower Moscow project on Trump's behalf during the campaign. Is there a counterintelligence concern when a candidate for political office pursues a lucrative business deal in Russia at the same time he publicly claims to have zero interests in Russia?
JAMES COMEY: Yes. Because of the ability that offers the foreign adversary to have leverage over that individual.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Correct. And does this type of counterintelligence concern warrant investigation?
JAMES COMEY: It may, depending on what facts you have to predicate the investigation.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Did President Obama or vice President Biden ever ask you to investigate a political rival or to go easy on a political rival?
JAMES COMEY: Never.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Why would that have been problematic?
JAMES COMEY: Because it would compromise the independence of the Justice Department and the FBI's work. If it's a criminal case or a counterintelligence case, it would introduce politics into what should be a fact-driven process.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Thank you. FBI Director Ray has said that Russia's anti-Biden efforts have been very active. President Trump has said that he would take damaging information on a political opponent from a foreign adversary and that he would not commit to informing the FBI. He publicly asked China to investigate Joe Biden and was impeached for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden as well. Are you concerned that Trump will embrace and use Russian interference efforts to his advantage-- [COUGH] excuse me-- as he did in 2016?
JAMES COMEY: Well, I'm a private citizen now, so as a private citizen-- yes. And he said that he would.