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Comey testimony: Ex-FBI boss says Trump team lied, but stops short of obstruction charge

By Barnini Chakraborty,

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday could have President Trump’s legal team breathing a sigh of relief since he stopped short of alleging obstruction of justice – but his otherwise scathing comments guarantee the political controversy and Russia-related investigations are far from over.

Comey, in his high-profile appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the administration of defaming him and said comments made about his competency “were lies, plain and simple.”

Comey also told lawmakers he decided to document meetings he had with Trump because he was “honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature” of their discussions.

“I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI,” he added.


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