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CNN's Chris Cuomo and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) got into a heated debate Thursday over what former FBI Director James Comey was really saying in his opening statement for his testimony before the Senate. Jordan zeroed in on the fact that Comey's statement, which Comey will deliver Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee while testifying on Russian election interference, "largely confirms what the president's been saying: that he wasn't under investigation." Jordan argued that Trump pushing Comey to "get out" that he wasn't personally under investigation proves Trump "wanted the truth to come out."
Cuomo didn't read it that way. "How do those statements speak to, 'Get the truth?'" Cuomo asked. "'Drop the Flynn probe,' that says 'get the truth' to you? How so?" Cuomo noted that even though Comey's statement does indicate that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation, the statement also confirmed that Trump asked Comey "if he wanted to keep his job" and told him that "he needs loyalty from him."
"None of that concerns you?" Cuomo asked Jordan. "No," Jordan said, "what concerns me is the truth needs to get out and that's what President Trump was trying to have accomplished."
Watch the debate below. Becca Stanek