Ex-FBI director James Comey accuses Trump administration of defaming him, 'lies'

In much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey called President Trump a liar.

Comey went on to discuss why he kept written records of his conversations with Trump, as he did not keep written memos of his conversations of meetings with past presidents like Barack Obama or George W. Bush.

But Trump wasn't the only one involved in firing Comey - and he presented a reason for firing himthat Comey openly described Thursday as "lies, pure and simple".

Comey, who was sacked May 9, told the senators that Trump had consistently praised his performance, but he felt the need to document his interactions with the president in detail.

"It is a question I don't think I should answer in an open setting", Comey said, adding that the question would be answered by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "But I can't go on explaining why it's nonsense". Dianne Feinstein of California, who asked the question that many Republicans have raised in the weeks since Comey's firing as one media leak followed another revealing Comey's claims about Trump's inappropriate interactions with him. Unless there was conclusive evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump's presidency could well have been stuttering to a close, barely months after it began.

Democrats, including Connecticut's congressional delegation, said Comey's written testimony showed that the president had acted improperly and raised questions about Trump's firing of Comey. "The Comey hearing may well be an iconic moment, but it won't be the ballgame".

He said he first became aware of Russian cyber interference in the United States, in "late summer 2015".

However, he said he took it to mean a direction for him to drop the investigation. He is a good guy.

"The President said, 'I need loyalty". "If the election were on October 27, I would be your president", Clinton said last month.

However, Comey also said that he did not believe that either Trump nor his staff had asked him to stop the Russian Federation investigation.

A fourth instance is Trump's phone call on April 11, in which the President nearly explicitly assumes he is still not under investigation and, by implication, raises the question whether he is.

"The American people need to hear your side of the story, just as they need to hear the president's description of events", Richard Burr told Mr Comey.

The hearing unfolded amid intense political interest, and within a remarkable political context as Comey delivered damaging testimony about the president who fired him, a president who won election only after Comey damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the campaign.

Trump also asked Comey for his "loyalty" and to "lift the cloud" of the FBI Russia investigation.

Comey said that he took the President's expression of "hope" that he could ease off of Flynn as a directive.

  • Leroy Wright