10 Memorable Moments From James Comey's Testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey / Getty Images
June 9, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, making his first public remarks since President Donald Trump fired him on May 9.

Comey delved into private conversations he had with Trump, explained why he leaked a memo through a friend of a discussion with Trump to the press, shed additional light on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and discussed much more during his testimony.

Here are some of the highlights from his day on Capitol Hill.

1) Comey calls Trump a liar and says he defamed him and the FBI.

2) Comey says he leaked a memo of a conversation with Trump about ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in hopes of prompting a special counsel appointment.

3) Comey says he never considered resigning during the Trump administration.

4) Comey expresses his "concern" about when Loretta Lynch asked him to call the Clinton email investigation a "matter."

5) Comey saysNew York Times story about contacts between Trump campaign officials and the Russians was "not true."

6) Comey says he believes he was fired to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.

7) Comey says it is "not for me to say" if Trump obstructed justice.

8) Comey says "I don't know" when asked why he did not report to others Trump's conversations with him about Flynn.

9) Comey says Trump did not slow down the Flynn investigation.

10) Comey says of Trump's "hope" that he drop the Flynn investigation: "I took it as a direction."