FBI director Jame Comey Thursday said President Trump never asked him to abandon the investigation of ties between Trump advisors and Russian officials, but he declined to say whether Trump’s expression of hope that he would end the Flynn probe constituted obstruction of justice.
Comey is testifying in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He suggested he will leave it to special prosecutor Robert Mueller to determine if Trump obstructed justice, though he said he found Trump’s remarks about Flynn “very disturbing.”
Comey also accused the White House of lying about the circumstances surrounding Trump’s decision to fire him.
“Although the law required no reason at all to fire the FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said.
“Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and that the American people were told that.”