In One BRUTAL Sentence, James Comey Just Unmasked Trump’s Web Of Lies
In an impassioned testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday accused the Trump administration of defaming him and telling “lies.”
Trump last month shocked Washington with his abrupt dismissal of Comey, who was then investigating any coordination between the Trump team and Russia during the campaign.
The White House’s shifting rationale for his dismissal “confused” the former director, he said, adding that it was the administration’s subsequent statements that the FBI was in “disarray” that moved him to speak.
“The administration chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly run,” Comey told a rapturous hearing room.
“Those were lies, plain and simple.”
The White House initially claimed that Comey was fired over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server — but Trump himself told Rusian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office that firing of FBI Director James Comey relieved “great pressure” on him, calling the former FBI chief a “nut job.”
Trump later told NBC’s Lester Holt that he was thinking of the Russia investigation when he made the decision.
Comey said at Thursday’s hearing that he was confused by the variety of explanations given for his dismissal. “it confused me and gave me concern,” he said.
“He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me, including the attorney general, and had learned that I was doing a great job and was extremely well-liked by FBI workforce,” Comey said.
Comey’s usual calmed demeanor became passionate when he addressed Trump’s criticisms of the bureau:
“I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear that,” he said. “I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong and the FBI is and always will be independent.”
“You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels,” Comey declared at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in September
He concluded with an emotional message to his former colleagues:
“To my former colleagues: I am so sorry that I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to you properly. It was the honor of my life to serve beside you, to be part of the FBI family, and I will miss it for the rest of my life.”