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While fired FBI Director James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, the Republican National Committee is live-tweeting commentary, attempting to undermine Comey’s credibility.
So according to Comey, @POTUS never asked to stop the investigation and Russia didn’t change a single vote. Good to know. #BigLeagueTruth
In questioning fired FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) got the order of two crucial words mixed up. Comey wrote in his opening statement, released yesterday, that he had gotten out of a conversation in which President Donald Trump asked for his loyalty first by promising only “honesty,” and eventually by pledging “honest loyalty.”
“He asked for your loyalty,” Rubio asked. “And you said you would be loyally honest.”
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.”
In his opening statement Thursday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) told fired FBI Director James Comey, referring to Comey’s written opening statement, “I very much appreciate your candor, and I think it is helpful as we all work to determine the ultimate truth behind possible Russian interference in our 2016 elections.”