Comey Testimony: Ex-FBI Boss Says Trump Team Lied, But Stops Short Of Obstruction Charge


Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday could have President Trump’s legal team breathing a sigh of relief since he stopped short of alleging obstruction of justice – but his otherwise scathing comments guarantee the political controversy and Russia-related probes are far from over.

Comey, in his high-profile appearance before the committee, accused the administration of defaming him and said comments made about his competency “were lies, plain and simple.”


At the same time, Comey told lawmakers that Trump did not ask him to end the Russia investigation as a whole — a key piece of testimony that Trump’s allies were sure to notice.

“Not to my understanding, no,” he said, when asked by Burr. He also said he could not say whether Trump’s conversations with him amounted to obstruction of justice.

Asked again if Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, Comey said, “I don’t know. That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.”

The Justice Department appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel in mid-May to oversee the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia. Read more at The Hill.




  1. Why are you combining the two in one headline. Comey presented no evidence of obstruction.

    What he did say was that when Trump criticized his leadership of the FBI, Trump was lying. Rather like a criminal accusing eyewitnesses of lying. Everybody recognized that Comey was an incompetent [and possibly corrupt] Director of the FBI. Remember when Chuckie Shumer was calling for his firing – before the President actually fired him?

    If the only “lie” the President told was that the FBI was in disarray and mismanaged, then President Trump qualifies as one of the most honest politicians in the USA today.


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