On Thursday morning, James Comey, the ex-Director of the FBI, who was fired by President Donald Trump, testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee what happened between him and the president. Comey believes his firing was a direct result of the FBI investigation into whether or not Russia took part in influencing the 2016 presidential election. On his firing, Comey eventually said: “It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired, in some way, to change — or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.”
From Comey’s testimony, it sounded like he was very suspicious of Trump.
The former FBI director testified that days after Trump’s inauguration, the president told him he was “looking forward” to working with him. In addition to telling him several times that he had planned on keeping Comey in his job at the FBI, Trump then had dinner with Comey and asked Comey if he wanted to stay in his job, which made Comey suspicious.
In this part of his testimony he says “My common sense told me what’s going on here is he’s looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job.” In another part of his testimon, Comey says that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and advisor Jared Kushner left the Oval Office right before Trump asked Comey to look the other way on his investigation of General Michael Flynn, who had just resigned.
Comey doesn’t outright call Trump a liar, but definitely implies that he thinks he’s a liar.
In this part of his testimony, Comey remembered having the distinct feeling that something big was about to go down when the oval office emptied out as Trump asked him for his loyalty.
“I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document. That combination of things, I’d never experienced before, but it led me to believe I’ve got to write it down, and I’ve got to write it down in a very detailed way.”
He even wished he had recorded his conversations with Trump.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
Comey said the Trump administration has said things about him and the FBI that were “lies, plain and simple.”
Comey felt blindsided by all the things Trump had said in the media after his firing, even though to his face, Trump had told him how great he thought he was doing. Comey also expressed how sorry he was that the FBI workforce and the American people had to hear “lies” about him and the FBI.
Needing to have a say in everything, Trump sent his personal lawyer to hold a press conference to call into question Comey’s credibility.
Attorney Marc Kasowitz said in this press conference that “Mr. Comey has now admitted he is one of these leakers.” If you watch the full video, Comey gives a pretty good reason why he felt like he needed to leak info to the press.
Check out the full two and a half hour testimony below.
Among the many revelations are that having dinner was Trump’s idea, even though he has implied that it was Comey in several TV interviews, that he didn’t want to admit to Trump that he wasn’t being investigated, and that everyone left the Oval Office when Trump asked him to drop the investigation into General Flynn, putting Comey in an awkward position.