In more than two hours of testimony, Comey did not make any mayor new revelations about alleged links between Trump or his associates and Russian Federation, an issue that has dogged Trump's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the US healthcare system and making tax cuts.
Comey's opening comments follow the release by the committee of his written testimony on Wednesday, which ticked off in rich detail the extent to which President Trump pressed him about the Russian Federation investigation. During his opening remarks to the committee, Comey accused the Trump administration of lying about the reason for his firing and defaming him and the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he was shocked and taken into dilemma by the contradictory statements issued by U.S. government after he was sacked on May 9. When asked why, Comey was frank: "I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting". He called Comey's assertion that Trump fired him to change the Russian Federation investigation "a shattering truth".
"I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Mr Comey responded, referring to the newly appointed special counsel who has taken over the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.
"The American people need to hear your side of the story, just as they need to hear the president's descriptions of events", said committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-NC at the outset of the hearing.
Except for that last item about the firing, those statements were offered in written testimony released the day before (and repeated and examined during) Comey's actual testimony before the Senate committee on Thursday. NPR journalists annotated his statement, below.
During the course of the conversation, according to Comey, Trump said: "I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know".
"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said.
"The president surely knows whether he taped me, and if he did my feelings aren't hurt".
"That was the subject of criminal inquiry", Comey said. "I took it as a direction".
That bombshell announcement made clear to everyone, including the president who later fired him, that the investigation was very real.
The ball now is in Mueller's court to decide whether he has (or will have) enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction and, if so, whether the president, like everyone else in our system, is accountable for committing a federal crime. The president has not yet publicly denied the specifics of Comey's accounts but has broadly challenged his credibility, tweeting last month Comey "better hope there are no "tapes" of the conversations.
He revealed that he asked a "good friend of mine" who is a professor at Columbia Law School to share contents of the memo with a reporter. "I disagreed", Comey said.
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It reformulated that drug in 2012 and claimed the changes made it harder to manipulate physically or chemically to abuse it. In the meantime, the FDA is making healthcare professionals aware of the risks associated with the powerful painkiller.
He faces former US Open champion Marin Cilic, the seventh seed, who has been making his trademark quiet progress through the draw. Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Italian Fabio Fognini, who is seeded 28th.
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Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko stunned former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semi-final of the French Open . She has played in one previous major semifinal, also in Paris , losing to eventual champion Serena Williams two years ago.
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Trump offers to host summit on Qatar crisis
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In Georgia, a Democratic upset depends on a balancing act
Handel mentioned House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California about a dozen times during a Tuesday debate with Jon Ossoff . Komen Foundation's decision during her tenure as vice president for policy to halt its partnership with Planned Parenthood.
EIA lowers forecasts for OPEC oil production
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PM Modi urges to make 'Yoga Day' a memorable one
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Isro has made India proud, globally
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Kansas legislature rolls back Brownback's tax cuts
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Scottish Episcopal Church to allow same-sex weddings
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Openings statements set in murder retrial of Ohio officer
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