Former FBI Director James Comey laced into President Trump and the White House during his much-anticipated congressional testimony today, accusing the administration of working to “defame” him and the FBI, and telling “lies” to the American people.
“Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said in his opening remarks to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a hearing room on Capitol Hill.
“Those were lies plain and simple. And I am so sorry that the FBI work force had to hear them and I am so sorry that the American people were told them.”
Among other things, Comey also said during the course of his testimony:
- The Trump administration tried to smear his reputation;
- The president had said Comey was “doing a great job” before his firing;
- He had a “very, very awkward” relationship with Trump;
- He believes he was “fired because of the Russia investigation”;
- And Trump never explicitly told him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation.
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