Comey to Congress: Fired FBI Director to Testify on Trump

Former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director may not have gone as far as some had hoped.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed that remark during a briefing at the White House, saying "I can definitely say the president's not a liar". But he delivered an explosive testimony that raises serious questions about Trump's future as president.

President Trump's outside lawyer flatly denied that the president ever asked former FBI Director James Comey for a pledge of loyalty, and he accused Comey of disclosing privileged communications with the president to the news media, without authorization.

"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said.

"Those were lies, plain and simple, and Im so sorry that the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce had to hear them, and Im so sorry the American people were told that", he said in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey said in his statement that in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on Feb.14, Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn that is part of a wider probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The 56-year-old former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief told the committee that he perceived Trumps comments over Flynn as an "order". "He is a good guy".

He is also unlikely to reveal new details of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he made a decision to fire me because of that".

His accusation that the United States president tried to muzzle him was one of the main revelations of the hearing. But Comey did not emerge unscathed.

Blunt asked Comey why he used a friend to release information from a conversation with President Donald Trump. He hoped the news would trigger the appointment of a special counsel, which it did.

Additionally, Comey said he knew of a "variety of reasons" why Attorney General Jeff Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation would be problematic before Sessions recused himself in March. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have".

He also revealed that he did raise concerns about Trump's behaviour with attorney general Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, a claim that raises questions about both men.

Comey's testimony was devastating with regard to President Trump's credibility - at least as Comey sees it.

Trump's conduct and relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has been revealed to have been unprecedented and inappropriate. Trump said restoring freedom also means repealing and replacing the health care law enacted in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama, saying high deductibles and premiums have turned it into a "catastrophe".

Correct. I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president as a private citizen, Ii felt free to share.

  • Leroy Wright