The testimony of James Comey, the ex-chief of FBI who was fired by President Trump has concluded. In one of the most revealing moments of a blockbuster Senate intelligence committee hearing, Comey said he had asked a friend at Columbia University to leak the content of one of his memos. He orchestrated the leak of his accounts of conversations with President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation.
He said he asked his friend to take the action rather than doing it himself because the press was camped outside his house and it would have been like feeding “seagulls at the beach.”
He told the committee that the “shifting explanations” from the White House for why Trump fired him last month “confused” and increasingly concerned him.
At the White House, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on the idea that Trump was a liar.
Comey also revealed new details about his meeting with Trump during the transition when he briefed the President-elect on details of a salacious dossier drawn up by a former British spy that suggested that Russia had incriminating information about him. Comey said he took exception to White House claims that the FBI was in disarray and that it was poorly led and had lost confidence in his leadership.
Comey said that he knew that one day he might need a written record of their conversations to defend himself and the FBI.
During the testimony Comey was seen doing the trump eyebrow impression while interpreting the moment of awkward silence at dinner with Trump.