Comey: I Take The President At His Word That I Was Fired Over Russia Probe


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked former FBI Director James Comey why he thought President Trump had fired him. Comey said he takes “the President at his word,” referring to an interview in which Trump admitted he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey.

“I guess I don’t know for sure,” Comey told Feinstein. “I believe — I take the President at his word that I was fired because of the Russian investigation. Something about the way I was conducting it, the President felt created pressure on him that he wanted relieved.”

“Again, I didn’t know that at the time, but I’ve watched his interview, I’ve read the press accounts of his conversations, so I take him at his word there,” Comey continued. “Now look, I could be wrong. Maybe he’s saying something that’s not true. But I take him at his word at least based on what I know now.”



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