‘Lies, plain and simple’: Comey on Trump’s reasons for his firing

Former FBI director says White House ‘chose to defame me’ and testifies that he was concerned about the shifting explanations for his dismissal

Donald Trump’s White House “chose to defame me”, former FBI director James Comey told the Senate at the state of explosive and long-awaited testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Reflecting on how he was fired by Trump, an emotional Comey said the president’s administration “chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI” by claiming that the agency was in a state of “disarray”.

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