BLOG: Fired FBI director James Comey testifies before Senate committee on President Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency that prides itself on independence.

The testimony, Comey’s first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Comey’s prepared testimony was released on Wednesday, ahead of the hearing. President Trump’s attorney says the released testimony shows the president is “totally vindicated.”

 

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Fired FBI Director James Comey has arrived. Testimony to begin shortly. 

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There will be a private hearing this afternoon, where questions on classified materials can be asked. 

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If you do want to WATCH live, you can do that here.

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“A foreign adversary attacked us right here at home.” – Senator Mark Warner (D) Committee Co-Chair

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“We must find out the full story.” – Sen. Warner

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Senator Warner is laying out ties and interactions between Trump campaign and Russia.

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Now Warner laying out shifting explanation of Comey firing from the White House. Initial statements pinned it on Comey’s treatment of Clinton in campaign. Over time, Russia investigation became explicit reasoning.

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“Let me be clear. This is not a witch hunt. This is not fake news. It is an effort to protect our country from a new threat . . . that will not go away soon.” – Sen. Mark Warner (D) Committee Co-Chair

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Comey testifying

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Just so you know, I’ve got the president’s twitter feed pulled up. If he responds, I’ll include it. He hasn’t tweeted since yesterday.

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The Trump family defense has begun.

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That DTJr tweet is in reference to why Comey didn’t TELL the president what he was doing is wrong.

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Under questioning, Comey says this particular NYT story was “almost entirely wrong.”

Headline: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence
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Public questioning of Comey has concluded.

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President Trump is giving a public speech, but has not addressed the testimony directly.

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We are expecting a response from President Trump’s attorney.

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Statement from Rep. Robert Aderholt on James Comey testimony:

“There
has been a lot of talk and speculation about what Mr. Comey would say today,
but as we listened to the testimony, I think it is important to note what he
did not say.”

“Mr.
Comey did not say how the Russians somehow convinced Hillary Clinton to put a
private email server in her basement. He also did not reveal how the Russians
and/or the Trump campaign convinced Mrs. Clinton’s campaign to completely
ignore the mathematically critical states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and
Wisconsin during the last months of the 2016 campaign.

“Simply
put, anyone would be concerned about the Russians or any foreign country trying
to involve themselves in American elections. But I think it is equally
important to note that they did not affect the outcome. That belongs to the
candidates.”

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And that’s it for the live blog. We’ll continue to cover new developments as they happen.