Sacked FBI boss James Comey defers answer about Donald Trump, Russia collusion
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Sacked FBI boss James Comey defers answer about Donald Trump, Russia collusion

Former FBI director James Comey has accused Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the agency’s probe into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential team and Russia.

world Updated: Jun 09, 2017 01:42 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Washington
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Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. (AFP)

Sacked FBI director James Comey on Thursday refrained from answering a question on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to sway the outcome of last year’s US election. (Highlights)

In explosive testimony that threatens the future of Trump’s young presidency, Comey gave details about an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But asked whether he believed the president had colluded with Russia in trying to influence the vote, which ended with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Comey said: “I don’t think I should answer in an open setting.”

At the time of his May 9 sacking by Trump as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Comey said there was no investigation focused on the president.

“But that’s a question that will be answered by the investigation, I think.”

The former director held back again when asked if he had reason to doubt previous statements from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein that she also had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“I just worry it leads me deeper and deeper into talking about the investigation in an open setting,” Comey replied.

“I don’t want to be unfair. I’m not trying to suggest something nefarious, but I don’t want to get into the business of not as this person or that person,” he added.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 01:42 IST