The biggest takeaways from James Comey's Intelligence Committee testimony.

Comey’s take on how White House administration defamed him and the FBI after his sacking.

“Those were lies, plain and simple.”

Comey’s response to Trump’s tweet that Comey ‘better hope’ there are no tapes of their conversations.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”

Comey when 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.”

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Comey on why he believes US President Donald Trump sacked him.

“It’s my judgement that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired, in some way, to change – or the endeavour was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted. That is a – that is a very big deal.”

Comey’s understanding of what Trump said to him in relation to fired 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.”

Comey’s explanation as to why he gave his meeting memo to a friend to release to the media.

“I needed to get that out into the public square. And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. Didn’t do it myself, for a variety of reasons. But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz hits back saying Trump never asked Comey to stop investigating anyone.

“Never, in form or substance… We’re under siege…but we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever. We will not back down from doing what is right … we know how to fight and we will never give up,” Trump to supporters in Washington.

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