James Comey testimony: former FBI director goes before Senate – live updates

1.59pm BST

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate select committee on intelligence.

To say Comey’s outing this morning has been eagerly anticipated would be quite to understate the matter. While the fate of Donald Trump’s presidency might not be hanging in the balance … then again it might be.

Not described by Comey in his written statement:
Four of the phone calls with Trump; any interactions with WH staff; interactions with AG.

Comey’s testimony, legal experts say, could go a long way toward establishing whether Trump’s conversations with him amounted to the kind of confidential chatter two high officials thrown together in an unusual situation might be expected to share – or, alternatively, to something bordering on, or crossing into, illegality.

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