By Miriam Raftery
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June 8, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – In riveting testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee today, fired FBI director James Comey confirmed that President Donald Trump asked him in person and in phone calls to back off the investigation of National Security advisor Michael Flynn’s Russian ties.
Trump fired Comey after he refused to back off the investigation or swear a loyalty oath, promising "honesty" instead. Comey said Trump then“chose to defame me—and more importantly, the FBI by saying the organization was in disarray and that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple.”
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe backed Comey in his recent testimony , stating,“Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” adding that Russia probe is “significant.”