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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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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.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) asked fired FBI Director James Comey why he first volunteered the information to President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation.

“Did you limit that statement to counterintelligence investigations or were you talking about any kind of FBI investigation?” Collins also asked.

“I didn’t use the term counterintelligence, I was speaking to him and briefing him about some salacious and unverified material,” Comey said.

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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.” 

“Honestly loyal,” Comey corrected him.

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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.”

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Fired FBI Director James Comey said hundreds of entities — perhaps more than a thousand — were targeted by Russians during the last election.

Burr: What would be the estimate of how many entities out there the Russians specifically targeted in that time frame? 

Comey: It’s hundreds. I suppose it could be more than a thousand, but it’s at least hundreds. 

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Burr: Director Comey, did the President at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections? 

Comey: Not to my understanding, no. 

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.”

Read Burr’s prepared remarks here.

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