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Former FBI chief Comey says confused by shifting explanations of his firing
June 8, 2017 / 2:32 PM / 3 months ago

Former FBI chief Comey says confused by shifting explanations of his firing

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI chief James Comey said on Thursday that he found the shifting explanations for why President Donald Trump had fired him both confusing and concerning.

“When I was appointed FBI director in 2013, I understood that I served at the pleasure of the president,” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“On May the ninth, when I learned that I was fired, for that reason, I immediately came home as a private citizen,” he said. “But then the explanations, the shifting explanations confused me and increasingly concerned me.”

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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