President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey if he could help make it known that he was not personally under investigation, adding that the two had "that thing" between them, according to a Comey's opening statement for Thursday's highly anticipated testimony.
In the statement released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday Comey reported that the president asked him to "find a way to get out that he wasn't being investigated" during a phone call in late March.
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The following month Comey states in his prepared remarks that the president called him again and asked if the FBI director had been able to "get out" to the public that he wasn't personally under investigation.
During that final call between Comey and Trump, the president also made it a point to bring up loyalty saying, "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know," according to Comey's prepared statement.
Comey's statement suggests he is not aware of what Trump meant by the phrase "that thing," saying, "I did not reply or ask him what he meant by 'that thing.'"
Trump's "thing" may be referring to a conversation that the two had over dinner back in January when the president said to the then FBI director, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty," according to the statement.
Comey says he refused to respond directly to Trump's calls for loyalty in that January meeting, saying he "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 revelation that the president brought up a "thing" between him and Comey has sparked virouos online speculation over what Trump was referring to.
"Comey's closing statement is shocking: What exactly does Trump mean by #ThatThing?" one user on Twitter wrote.