The 8 most important quotes from James Comey’s hearings

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Sen. James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill.
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Former FBI Director James Comey delivered a bombshell testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, detailing many of his interactions with President Donald Trump over the last six months.

Among the biggest takeaways were that Comey believes Trump fired him last month due to the Russia investigation, and that Trump had repeatedly sought one-on-one conversations to demand Comey’s loyalty or to ask him to end the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

The testimony is likely to fuel more speculation over whether Trump obstructed justice in his interactions with Comey.

Here are some of the most significant quotes from Comey during his hearing:


Comey had grown “increasingly concerned” by Trump’s comments in the days after he was fired.

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Comey was concerned about the way Trump was interacting with the FBI, and questioned whether Trump understood the value of an independent FBI.

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Comey was not impressed by the initial explanation the Trump administration gave for his firing

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Comey felt “uneasy” about Trump’s repeated demands for his loyalty

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Comey had also been concerned by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation

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Comey said he was asked by Trump during a one-on-one meeting to end his investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. After Trump’s request, he wrote another unclassified memo documenting the conversation, in case he needed to share it with the public in the future

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His first one-on-one meeting with Trump took place in Trump Tower last January, in which details on the Russia investigation and other “personally sensitive” information was shared

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Comey could not recall Trump ever asking what his administration or the intelligence community should do to protect America against Russian interference in the election system

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