Today former FBI director, James Comey, spoke in front of the Senate Intelligence Commission.
Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9. Comey was elected director of the FBI in Sept. 2013 and only served four years to his 10-year term.
Earlier in the year, Comey confirmed that the FBI was performing a an investigation on the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The purpose of Thursday’s hearing was for Comey to testify with his side of the matter.
“This investigation is not about re-litigating the election,” said Vice Chairman, Mark Warner “It’s not about who won or lost and sure as heck isn’t about Democrats and Republicans,” said vice chairman Warner. “We’re here because a foreign adversary attacked us here at home. Not by guns or missiles, but by foreign operatives seeking to hijack our most important democratic process, the presidential election.”
At the beginning of his work with Trump, Comey was told that he was doing a fantastic job.
“There were many times where Mr. Trump told me that I was doing well and that he hoped that I would stay around,” Comey said. “I would even hear the same things from other sources like the media.”
In the first few months of his presidency, Trump had requested that Comey drop the Russian interference investigation. All three times, Comey did nothing to prevent the investigation from continuing.
Comey was questioned by many of the senators about why he never asked Trump why he wanted the investigation stopped and that the request was highly inappropriate.
“I don’t know why I didn’t question his words,” Comey said. “I think it was because I was just so floored by his requests that I didn’t know how to react.”
Comey expressed that he was confused as to why Trump was saying that there was a lot of weight lifted off of the investigation when Comey was gone.
Comey also addressed his former FBI co-workers in regards to his leaving early.
“To my fellow FBI investigators, I’m so sorry that I couldn’t finish out the remainder of my term with all of you,” Comey said. “But I also want to tell Mr. Trump that the FBI is honest, the FBI is strong and the FBI is and always will be independent.”
Throughout the hearing, Comey often expressed the he had absolutely no doubt that the Russians had interfered with the 2016 election.
Comey expressed that he was worried that Trump would lie about what was said between the two of them and started to write memos of the conversations that they had together. In the memos, Comey was writing down everything and was quoting Trump.
The committee hopes to have the memo documents in the near future.
Comey insists that the Russians will attempt to interfere again.
“It’s not about Republicans or Democrats,” he said. “They are coming after America, which I hope we all love equally. They will be back because we remain, as difficult as we are with each other, we remain that shining city on the hill and they don’t like it.”
When asked by members of the commission if he thinks Trump taped any of their conversations, Comey replied that he hopes there are tapes of his conversations with Trump.
“I believe that Mr. Trump knows if he taped the conversations,” Comey said. “I hope they are released.”
Comey also stated that he isn’t worried about Director Robert Mueller having any problem continuing with the Russian interference investigation.
After two and a half hours, the hearing was adjourned to see a video of the hearing click here.