Comey: I Documented Trump Meetings Because Of The ‘Nature Of The Person. I Was Honestly Concerned That He Might Lie’

Former FBI director James Comey takes his seat at the beginning of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner (D-VA) asked fired FBI Director James Comey why he decided to meticulously document his meetings with Trump after their first encounter.

“A combination of things,” Comey said. “I think the circumstances, the subject matter and the person I was interacting with.”

“Circumstances: First, I was alone with the President of the United States, or the President-elect, soon to be president. The subject matter: I was talking about matters that touch on the FBI’s core responsibility and that relate to the President-elect personally. And then the nature of the person. I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document. That combination of things I had never experienced before, but it led me to believe I got to write it down, and I got to write it down in a very detailed way.”

Warner responded in part: “I think that’s a very important statement you just made.”

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