Excerpts from former FBI Director James Comeys testimony

first_imgQuotes from James Comey’s testimony Thursday:• Asked why he believes he was fired by President Trump:“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. That is a — that is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me. The nature of the FBI and the nature of its work requires that it not be the subject of political consideration.”• Asked about his statement that Trump told him he hoped Comey would end an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn: “I mean, this is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope’ this. I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.”• Asked about Russian election meddling:“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.”• Referring to Trump’s tweet that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes” of their conversations:“Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”• Asked about the White House explanations for his dismissal:“And 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, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I’m so sorry that the American people were told them.”last_img read more