He added that he was "fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted". "That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me".
Republicans have looked to discredit Comey by calling him a "leaker" because of the way he disseminated the information about Trump. "My common sense told me, hes looking to get something in exchange".
In testimony on Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey described taking notes about a series of one-on-one conversations he had with the president over the course of several months.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., top Democrat on the appropriations committee, specifically cited Comey's recusal comments in a statement Thursday: "Former Director Comey testified today that he expected the Attorney General to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, weeks before the Attorney General made that decision himself, because of matters that could not be discussed publicly".
Trump did not assert executive privilege over Comey's testimony, CNN noted, in which he similarly detailed Trump's request regarding Flynn. And he had repeatedly told me I was doing a great job and he hoped I would stay. Donald Trump Jr. took particular aim at Comey's claim that by saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", the president was effectively directing the FBI director to close the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Did he ever try to obstruct justice in any way?"
Robert Mueller was subsequently appointed special counsel to oversee the Justice Department investigation of Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 president election. "And my judgement was, I needed to get that out into the public square so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter".
Mr Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Mr Comey's admission that he had told Mr Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation.
A crucial question is what Trump meant when Comey says the president told the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, "I hope you can let this go". Former New York City U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was also fired by Mr. Trump, echoed Comey's statemen.
Comey said he understood the memo "to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president".
Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House. "President, this is wrong, '?"
The Comey has hearing generated a tidal wave of media coverage and analysis that will undoubtedly continue for many days. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have". I know that on the surface we are supposed to believe that Comey has nothing to gain and is merely telling the truth, but I have a few questions about whether Comey is as believable as he wants us all to think.
Comey's Capitol Hill testimony is one of the most prominent congressional hearings in years in Washington.
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