James Comey, the ousted FBI chief, accused theWhite House of telling lies about him and the agencyin gripping testimony to Congress that is likely toundermine President Donald Trump and fuel theinvestigation into alleged collusion between his teamand Russia.
被免职的联邦调查局(FBI)局长詹姆斯·科米(James Comey)在国会作证时指控白宫说了关于他和FBI的谎言，这可能会削弱唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统的权威，并助燃针对他的团队“通俄”的调查。
Mr Comey’s allegation came at a high-stakes Senateintelligence committee hearing where he repeatedly characterised Mr Trump asuntrustworthy, at one point asserting “Lordy, I hope there are tapes” of his conversationswith the president to demonstrate the veracity of his testimony.
His testimony could prove pivotal to the multiple inquiries into whether members of MrTrump’s inner circle had improper contacts with Russia during last year’s presidentialcampaign.
For the first time, Mr Comey confirmed that Michael Flynn, a former campaign aide whobecame Mr Trump’s first national security adviser, was under criminal investigation when thepresident privately suggested to him that the FBI drop its case against the retired general.
Mr Comey said he was “stunned” when Mr Trump made the request during a private Oval Officemeeting. “I took it as a direction that this is what he wants me to do,” Mr Comey said.
Mr Comey’s understanding of the conversation could prove critical to the JusticeDepartment’s investigation into the Russia case, which is now being headed by specialprosecutor Robert Mueller.
Mr Comey said that at the time of the meeting, Mr Flynn was “in legal jeopardy”. He alsosuggested that Mr Mueller was likely ?to examine whether Mr Trump’s remarks were an attemptto obstruct justice.
“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was aneffort to obstruct,” he said. “I took it as a very disturbing thing?.?.?.?but that’s a conclusionI’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intentionwas?.and whether that’s an offence.”
Although Mr Comey had detailed the contents of the meetings and phone calls he had with MrTrump in testimony published Wednesday, he used his opening statement to vent anger atthe White House, saying he had become “increasingly concerned” with the changingexplanations the Trump administration gave to justify his firing last month.
While his account of the private meetings was detailed and dispassionate, he showedunexpected emotion when he addressed Mr Trump’s claim, made after his sacking, that hehad mismanaged the FBI and was unpopular within its ranks.
“The administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying thatthe organisation was in disarray?.?.?.?that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” MrComey said. “Those were lies, plain and simple.”
Mr Comey confirmed he had told Mr Trump on several occasions that the president was not atarget of the FBI investigation. In addition, Mr Comey said he had intentionally leaked hispost-meeting notes of his conversations with Mr Trump to a friend with instructions to sharethem with US media outlets.
Mr Comey said he documented his private conversations with Mr Trump — which he had notdone with predecessors Barack Obama or George W Bush — because he was concerned thepresident might mischaracterise their content. “I was honestly concerned that he might lieabout the nature of our meeting,” he said.
科米表示，他对自己与特朗普的私人谈话作了笔记——他从未对特朗普的前任巴拉克·奥巴马(Barack Obama)或乔治·W·布什(George W Bush)这样做——因为他担心特朗普可能对他们的谈话内容进行错误陈述。他说：“我真的很担心他可能在交谈的性质上撒谎。”