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Comey: Trump ‘Chose To Defame Me’

The former FBI director also said during his hearing that any rumors that the bureau was in bad shape were false

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Former FBI Director James Comey. — Getty Images
Jun 08, 2017 at 10:57 AM ET

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the Trump administration “chose to defame” him, and said that any rumors about the bureau being in disarray were “lies — plain and simple.”

In a hugely anticipated moment in the long-running Russia collusion investigation, Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey told the hearing in his opening statement that he was “confused” about the nature of his firing in the beginning of May, because Trump “repeatedly told” Comey that he was “doing a good job.” He also indicated that the Trump administration was not telling the truth about his dismissal.

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“The administration chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying the organization was in disarray,” Comey said. “Those were lies.”

Comey also commented that he did “nothing wrong at the FBI.”

“The FBI is honest, the FBI is strong, and the FBI is and always will be independent,” Comey added, before apologizing to his former colleagues that he didn’t get to say goodbye in person.