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Former FBI chief Comey says confused by shifting explanations of his firing
June 8, 2017 / 2:32 PM / in 6 months

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

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.

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

“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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