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Comey says circumstances in firing him is confusing
BY 2017-06-09 10:17:18

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Former Director of Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) James Comey said Thursday that he was confused over the circumstances under which he was fired.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing that the Trump administration had offered "shifting explanations" for his firing, which was confusing and concerning.

"It confused me when I saw on television the president saying that he actually fired me because of the Russia investigation," he said.

"I was also confused by the initial explanation that was offered publicly, that I was fired because of the decisions I had made during the election year," Comey said.

"The administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray," Comey said.

Comey also touched on his exchanges with President Donald Trump regarding the FBI investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Comey said Trump had asked him during a meeting on February 14 to go easy on an ongoing investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey testified that even though Trump's words were not "an order", he nevertheless "took it as a direction."

Whether Trump ordered Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn may carry significant importance as some lawmakers are contemplating whether Trump's action constitutes obstruction of justice.

The high profile hearing is scheduled to find out the circumstances under which Comey was fired and if Trump had interfered with FBI investigations.

Comey was fired on May 9.

(Editor:Grace) (From:xinhua)
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