Lies And Defamation: 7 Things From James Comey's Testimony We Can't Forget

The former FBI director gave more information than we ever could have imagined about the troublesome administration.

James Comey’s public testimonial on Thursday revealed more than any one expected about the Trump administration and their overtly problematic relationship with Russia. 

The former FBI Director was questioned by Senators, on camera, to break down his time working with Trump, what he discovered from their interaction and why he believes he was fired. 

And the overall takeaway from the questioning is that lies and deceit were at the center of an administration that’s shown a rouge spirit of government since walking into the White House. 

Here, we break it down those moments that we can’t forget.

Comey Thought Trump Would Lie About Their Interactions

Comey revealed that he started keeping secret notes on his conversations with President Donald Trump because his gut told him something wasn’t right. “I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting so I thought it important to document,” he said. “That combination of things I had never experienced before, but had led me to believe I got to write it down and write it down in a very detailed way.”

Russia

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Trump “Hoped” Comey Would Drop Flynn Investigation

The sudden exit of General Flynn for lying about his conversation with Russian officials, pointed to a bigger problem. “The controversy around general Flynn at that point in time was centered on whether he lied to the vice president about his nature of conversations with the Russians, whether he had been candid with others in the course of that,” Comey testified. “So that happens on the day before. On the 1st, the president makes reference to that. I understood what he wanted me to do was drop any investigation connected to Flynn’s account of his conversations with the Russians.”

The Confusion About Comey’s Termination

How strange is it for a boss to complement an employee, before firing them for underperforming. Comey said that Trump was very vocal about being pleased with his work, which is why the firing was left field. “I was about to get on a helicopter one time,” he said about one of a couple incidents of praise. “The head of the DEA was in the helicopter waiting for me. He called in to check in and tell me I was doing an awesome job.” 

Those Tapes

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Those Defamatory Remarks

Comey summarizes from everything that happened that Trump had ulterior motives in firing him. In addition to being defamed, Comey was upset by how the FBI was depicted by the 45th president. “Although the law required no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple. And I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them, and I’m so sorry that the American people were told them.”

And…The Lies About The FBI and Comey

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[MUSIC] There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever, the russians interfered with our elections during 2016 cycle. 16 cycle. They did it with purpose, they did with sophistication, they did with overwhelming technical efforts, and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that. He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me Including our current Attorney General and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the FBI workforce. So it confused me when I saw on television the President saying that he actually fired me because of the Russia investigation. And learned again from the media that he was telling privately other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russia investigation. And although the law required no reason at all All to fire an FBI Director. The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leaders. Those were lies, plain and simple. and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I'm so sorry that the American people were told them. I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting and so I thought it really important to document that combination of things I had never experienced before. But it led me to believe I got to write it down and I gotta to write it down in a very detailed way. I knew there might come a day where I would need a record of what had happened not just to defend myself, but to defend the FBI and our integrity as an institution and the independence of our investigative function. I've seen tweet about tapes, lordy I hope there are tapes. [MUSIC]

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