James Comey: Trump administration 'defamed' me and FBI with 'lies'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 0:06
Comey told lawmakers he was confused by various explanations that Trump and his aides gave for his ouster and said they "chose to defame me" for his performance as the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief by claiming, wrongly in his view, that the agency was in disarray.
Mr Comey testified that President Trump asked Attorney General Sessions, aide Jared Kushner and senior intelligence officials to leave the room during a meeting on counter-intelligence on 14 February.
The way Comey tells it, the first time he met Trump, Comey got the heebie-jeebies - for a whole bunch of small reasons but nothing in particular.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr. Comey said, referring to Mr. Trump's suggestion on Twitter that he may have recorded their discussions in the Oval Office.
"They're going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of, and they're not devoted to either, in my experience", Comey said.
President Trump has yet to tweet about the hearing from his personal account or his POTUS handle.
Comey wrote: "The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone".
"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" he told NBC's Lester Holt. "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".
Comey testified that he asked "a good friend of mine who's a professor at Columbia Law School" to provide the contents of a memo to an unnamed reporter.
"But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel".
In that testimony he had already disclosed that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the FBI probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties. They've also questioned why Comey did not raise his concerns about Trump publicly or resign.
(CNN) - In the first hour of former FBI Director James Comey testimony on Capitol Hill about the nature and details of his relationship with President Donald Trump, he's already called the president a "liar" twice.
Trump's fellow Republicans on the committee questioned Comey intently but did not attack his integrity or try to treat him roughly, as a witness making accusations against a sitting Republican president might expect.
Boltansky added that Trump's tweets, not Comey's testimony, would prove most politically potent. The former director immediately dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony delivered Wednesday.
Comey gave that answer as part of his testimony before the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
During one interaction, Trump asked if he personally was under investigation. Fox broadcast stations offered coverage anchored by Shepard Smith, but in NY the local affiliate showed Wendy Williams' talk show instead, with a printed message that anyone interested in Comey should seek out an online stream.
Politician Marco Rubio broke down Trump's requests to Comey as, 1) be loyal, 2) let Michael Flynn go, and 3) tell the public he [Trump] was not being investigated.