Comey says Trump comments on FBI ‘were lies, plain and simple’
In his opening remarks at the hearing, former FBI director James B. Comey said he was surprised by the explanations President Trump and the White House offered for his firing last month.
Comey said that Trump had repeatedly told him he was doing a good job as FBI director. After he was fired, though, Comey said he was surprised when Trump said in an NBC News interview that he fired Comey while thinking about Russia. Comey also said he was surprised to hear the White House claim he was dismissed for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.