US News The Latest: Comey says White House 'defamed' him and FBI

19:18  08 june  2017
19:18  08 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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James Comey says President Donald Trump’s administration spread “lies, plain and simple” and “ defamed ” him and the FBI . President Donald Trump’s outside counsel Marc Kasowitz will be at the White House Thursday to monitor fired FBI Director James Comey ’s testimony to Congress.

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on developments involving fired FBI Director James Comey (all times EDT):

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FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Comey will testify that President Donald Trump sought his © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Comey will testify that President Donald Trump sought his "loyalty" and asked what could be done to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House, according to prepared remarks released ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill on June 8, 2017.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Comey says he believed Trump was "looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job".

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Testifying under oath in a Senate hearing watched worldwide, former FBI Director James Comey accused the Trump administration of defaming him and the FBI in the I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

Fired FBI director James Comey says President Donald Trump's administration spread "lies, plain and simple" and " defamed " him and the FBI . Those include a January dinner in which he says Trump asked him for his loyalty, and a White House conversation weeks later in which he says Trump

James Comey says President Donald Trump's administration spread "lies, plain and simple" and "defamed" him and the FBI.

The former FBI director opened his Senate testimony Thursday by stating that the administration's explanations for his firing confused and concerned him. He didn't say what the lies were.

The ousted FBI director says at the start of his high-profile Senate hearing that President Donald Trump had repeatedly told him he was doing a great job. Comey says he told the president he planned to serve out his full 10-year term.

Comey is testifying before the Senate intelligence committee. His remarks are his first public statements since his firing on May 9, which came as he was leading an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

White House: 'The president's not a liar'

  White House: 'The president's not a liar' <p>Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed James Comey's testimony.</p>Former FBI Director James Comey opened his Senate testimony by saying the administration had spread "lies, plain and simple" and "defamed" him and the agency.

James Comey says President Donald Trump's administration spread "lies, plain and simple" and " defamed " him and the FBI . President Donald Trump's outside counsel Marc Kasowitz will be at the White House Thursday to monitor fired FBI Director James Comey 's testimony to Congress.

The Latest : Comey says White House ' defamed ' him and FBI . "The administration chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI ," he said .

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10:20 a.m.

Former FBI director James Comey says that shifting explanations of his firing confused and concerned him.

The ousted FBI director says at the start of his high-profile Senate hearing that President Donald Trump had repeatedly told him he was doing a great job. Comey says he told the president he planned to serve out his full 10-year term.

Comey says he was "confused" by the explanation that his decisions during the 2016 election was the reason he was fired by Trump.

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James Comey says President Donald Trump's administration spread "lies, plain and simple" and " defamed " him and the FBI . President Donald Trump's outside counsel Marc Kasowitz will be at the White House Thursday to monitor fired FBI Director James Comey 's testimony to Congress.

The Latest : Comey says White House ' defamed ' him and FBI . Updated: Thursday, June 8 2017 10:53 AM EDT2017-06-08 14:53:19 GMT. A Senate Democrat is cautioning members of Congress against asserting too hastily that President Donald Trump has engaged in acts that could constitute

Former FBI Director James Comey has begun his much-anticipated congressional testimony under oath.

Comey is expected to recount a series of interactions with President Donald Trump in the weeks before his firing that he will say made him uncomfortable.

Those include a January dinner in which he says Trump asked him for his loyalty, and a White House conversation weeks later in which he says Trump asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey is testifying before the Senate intelligence committee. His remarks are his first public statements since his firing on May 9, which came as he was leading an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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The Latest : Comey says White House ' defamed ' him and FBI . "The administration chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI ," he said .

Fired FBI Director James Comey says he told the President-elect Donald Trump he was not under investigation in the FBI 's Russia counter-intelligence investigation . The Latest : Comey says White House ' defamed ' him and FBI .

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Ex- FBI director says White House defamed him and his agency by giving ‘shifting explanations’ over dismissal.

Testifying under oath in a Senate hearing watched worldwide, former FBI Director James Comey accused the Trump administration Thursday of defaming him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump.

Warner says it's not "how a president of the United States behaves."

Warner, of Virginia, is the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. The panel is hosting Comey for his first public account of his interactions with the president before he was dramatically fired.

In his prepared opening remarks, Comey describes a series of uncomfortable interactions with the president.

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"Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray Some of the allegations in Comey 's statement have been directly contradicted by the White House in the past.

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the Trump administration defamed him and the agency he led during his opening remarks at a Comey said Trump had previously assured him he was doing a "great job," and that he was confused by the shifting explanations from the White House

Comey's remarks are his first since he was fired.

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9:52 a.m.

President Donald Trump's outside counsel Marc Kasowitz will be at the White House Thursday to monitor fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress.

The president is expected to watch some of Comey's remarks to lawmakers. His public schedule is largely clear until the afternoon.

Kasowitz is a longtime Trump lawyer. He was recently tapped to handle all inquiries related to the investigations into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia — a move intended to distance the White House from the FBI and congressional probes.

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The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says former FBI director James Comey's account of his conversations with the president about the Russia investigation are "disturbing."

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia will emphasize at Thursday's committee hearing that the American people need to realize that what happened was that a president asked an FBI director to drop an ongoing investigation into a former national security adviser.

Warner released excerpts of his opening remarks to the committee early Thursday ahead of the hearing.

Warner says that in violation of clear guidelines put in place after Watergate to prevent any whiff of political interference by the White House in FBI investigations, President Donald Trump also called Comey twice to ask him to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation over his White House.

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Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the Trump administration defamed him and the agency he led during his opening remarks at a Comey said Trump had previously assured him he was doing a "great job," and that he was confused by the shifting explanations from the White House

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In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency that prides itself on independence.

The testimony, Comey's first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

His account of demands for loyalty from the president, and of requests to end an investigation into an embattled adviser, are likely to sharpen allegations that Trump improperly sought to influence the FBI-led probe.

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