Here are some of the key moments.
“Those were lies, plain and simple”. I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting so I thought it important to document.
Comey on the Republicans: “They’ll be back.they’re not devoted to either party, they’re just working to their own advantage and they will be back”.
Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9, roiling Washington and multiple congressional investigations and prompting the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump, Comey said, seemed to be “looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job”. The allegations have not been confirmed.
Ms Clinton has blamed Mr Comey’s October 28 announcement that he was re-opening the email investigation for her defeat. The Trump administration originally said Comey was sacked due to mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
However, he said he took it to mean a direction for him to drop the investigation. Comey said “I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed”.
Mr Comey was leading one of several Russian Federation investigations before Mr Trump fired him.
Trump has denied in interviews that he made that plea for Flynn or asked Comey to pledge his loyalty, but senators from both sides of the aisle on the committee said they are determined to get to the facts of the case.
After the meeting, Comey wrote up details of the meeting in a memorandum – pretty standard procedure for a person in the Federal Bureau of Investigation director’s position, experts have noted. He said he chose to ignore it.
Later in the hearing, Comey said that he had seen Trump’s tweet that the president might have recorded their conversations.
In early January, intelligence chiefs presented a two-page summary of a larger dossier authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to then-President Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Burr asked Comey to clarify a number of issues in relation to his conversations with Trump.
Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, reiterated these assertions during a press briefing held Thursday afternoon following Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“James Comey better hope there are no “tapes”, Trump tweeted.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes”, Comey said Thursday. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey’s firing.
“This is not how a president of the United States behaves”, Warner said.
In March, after Comey had publicly revealed the existence of a federal counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Trump complained that the probe had left a “cloud” that was “impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country”.