Former FBI chief Comey testifies before Senate, blasts Trump for ‘lies’

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POTUS fires back, accusing Comey of ‘lying under oath’

Former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC), on Thursday, June 8, where he slammed President Donald Trump and his administration for lying about why the president fired him in May.

“Although the law required 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, and the workforce had confidence in its leader,” Comey said in his opening remarks before the testimony.

“Those were lies, plain and simple,” he remarked, adding that the president’s “shifting explanations” over his firing “increasingly” disturbed him.

When Comey was fired, the White House alluded to the director’s failure to move forward with the investigation of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The White House later redacted that reason entirely.

“That didn’t make sense to me for a whole bunch of reasons, including the time and all the water that had gone under the bridge since those hard decisions that had to be made,” Comey said.

Comey implied that Trump fired him for moving forward with the Russia investigation, despite the president asking for Comey’s “loyalty.” The former FBI director also revealed that he had turned over memos about his conversations with Trump to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller, who was assigned to oversee the Russia investigation.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” James Comey said when asked if the president suggested he may have recorded their phone conversations.

Comey also confirmed that the president had made several attempts to derail the investigation into Trump-Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, which involved a look into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s meetings with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

The president didn’t take too kindly to the testimony, accusing the former FBI director of lying under oath.

“Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, June 9. “That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election they shouldn’t have lost. It was just an excuse, but we were very, very happy, and frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders also defended Trump, responding to Comey’s assertion that the president had repeatedly lied.

“I can definitively say that the president is not a liar, and frankly I’m insulted by that question,” Sanders said at a White House press briefing. (Klarize Medenilla/AJ Press)



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