In bombshell testimony, Comey says Trump not trustworthy

After he fired Comey on May 9, the president suggested on Twitter that tape recordings of their private conversations might exist.
By Delila James | Jun 09, 2017
James B. Comey, the fired former FBI director, explained in dramatic testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee why he believes he was terminated from his position.

"There's no doubt that I was fired because of the Russia investigation, " Comey testified, as reported by The Washington Post. "I know I was fired because something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was putting pressure on [Trump]."

Comey also flatly repudiated White House statements that he was fired because morale was low at the FBI because of poor leadership.

"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," said Comey. "Those were lies, plain and simple. And I'm so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them, and I'm so sorry the American people were told them."

Comey also described his motivation for writing numerous memos documenting his private communications with the president, saying he had a "gut feeling" that Trump might not be truthful about them.

"I knew there might come a day when I needed a record of what happened," said Comey, adding that he never felt the need for such documentation after conversations with former presidents George W. Bush or Barack Obama.

After he fired Comey on May 9, the president suggested on Twitter that tape recordings of their private conversations might exist. The former FBI director said he would approve release of any such tapes.

"The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I'd better hope there are not tapes," Comey told members of Congress. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."

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