Former FBI director James Comey has accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russia.
The former FBI head on Thursday also told senators at the Senate Intelligence Committee Trump’s administration defamed him in comments made after his May firing by saying the bureau was in disarray and the workforce had lost confidence in him.
“Those were lies, plain and simple,” Comey said.
Asked at the hearing why he was fired, Comey said he did not know for sure, but referred to the president’s words.
“I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that.”
Comey earlier testified he believed Trump directed him to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the Russia investigation.