Debris, Bodies Found in Search for Myanmar Military Plane
Myanmar's military said Thursday searchers have found 10 bodies and pieces of plane debris believed to be from a military aircraft that went missing Wednesday with 122 people on board.
A statement said the bodies included six adults and four children. There were also pieces of luggage, life jackets and a plane wheel found in the waters about 35 kilometers from the southern city of Launglon.
Nine naval ships and a group of airplanes and helicopters were sent out Thursday to search for the Chinese-made Y-8-200F plane, which Myanmar bought in March of last year and which the military said had 809 flying hours.
The plane, carrying mostly family members of military personnel, was traveling from the city of Myeik, also known as Mergui, in southeastern Myanmar on the Andaman coast. Most of the journey to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, would have been over the Andaman Sea.
Comey to Testify Trump Tried to Influence FBI Probe
Fired FBI Director Jim Comey will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that President Donald Trump asked him for loyalty during White House conversations concerning the agency's handling of investigations into current and former administration officials.
The committee released an advance copy of Comey's seven-page opening statement a day before his scheduled appearance. This came shortly after the Director of National Intelligence and other top intelligence officials refused to answer the committee's questions about Comey and the Russia investigation.
In his statement, Comey offers explosive details and accounts of five separate conversations he had with Trump, including suggestions that the president asked him to alter the course of FBI investigations.
"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,'" Comey recounted about one White House meeting. "I 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."
In his prepared remarks, Comey says he told Trump three times that he was not a subject of the FBI investigation into whether his associates had improper contacts with Russian government officials.
In another passage, Comey will testify that Trump asked him on February 14 to "let go" of the investigation into Michael Flynn, who had been fired as national security adviser the previous day. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go." Comey quotes Trump as saying. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."
Trump last month flatly denied pressuring Comey to close or back down from the Flynn investigation. The president also rejected allegations that his associates colluded with Russia to influence last November's presidential election, calling it a "witch hunt."