James Comey testifies at Senate hearing

Former FBI Director James Comey asserted on Thursday, June 8, that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey told the Senate intelligence committee in explosive testimony that threatened to undermine Trump’s presidency.

“I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted,” Comey testified under oath. “That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me.” (AP)

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James Comey departs after testifying

Former FBI Director James Comey (wearing solid red tie) is escorted as he departs after testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, delivers a statement

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, speaks to the news media after the congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, at the National Press Club in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Sen. Richard Burr collects his notes after the hearing

Committee chairman Senator Richard Burr collects his notes after former FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

James Comey leaves after testifying

Former FBI Director James Comey leaves after testifying before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

James Comey pauses as he testifies

Former FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

James Comey testifies before cameras

Former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Sen. John McCain watches James Comey testify

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is not on the committee, watches as former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Reporters pack the room

Reporters pack the room where Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

James Comey testifies

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, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Sen. Mark Warner talks with Sen. Richard Burr

Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner (L) talks with Chairman Richard Burr during former FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Sen. Feinstein asks questions

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asks questions during former FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Stock traders at the New York Stock Exchange watch James Comey testify

Stock traders at the New York Stock Exchange watch former FBI Director James Comey on a television monitor, Thursday, June 8, 2017, as he testifies before a congressional committee in Washington. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Sen. Richard Burr delivers opening remarks

Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, center delivers opening remarks before the start of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not pictured, in Washington on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Patrons at Ace’s Bar watch James Comey testify in San Francisco

Patrons at Ace’s Bar watch a television broadcast of former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017 in San Francisco. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former FBI director James Comey takes his seat

Former FBI Director James Comey is seated prior to testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

James Comey prepares to testify

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

James Comey is sworn in

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Patrons at Shaw’s Tavern in Washington watch James Comey be sworn in

Spectators and patrons at Shaw’s Tavern in northwest Washington watch as former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

James Comey takes the oath

Former FBI Director James Comey takes the oath before he testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

James Comey is welcomed by Sen.Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner

Former FBI Director James Comey is welcomed by Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R) and Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner (C) to a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

James Comey arrives to testify

Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Senators Marco Rubio, Susan Collins and Dianne Feinstein arrive

Senators Marco Rubio, Susan Collins and Dianne Feinstein (rear) arrive for former FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

James Comey arrives to testify

Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Senators Risch, King and Rubio laugh together before the hearing

Senators James Risch (L), Angus King (C) and Marco Rubio laugh together before the start of Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections” on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Preparations are made before James Comey testifies

Preparations are made before former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The hearing room is prepared for James Comey

The hearing room is prepared for Former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

The gavel and placard for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr

The gavel and placard for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, sit on a table in the hearing room ahead of testimony by former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey in Washington on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

U.S. Capitol police officers stand outside the hearing room

U.S. Capitol police officers stand outside the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing room ahead of testimony by former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey in Washington on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

James Comey’s seat at the witness table

Ousted FBI director James Comey’s seat at the witness table is seen before a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

An line stretches down the hall

An enormous line stretches down the hall outside the room where Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

People make preparations for the hearing

People make preparations for a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with ousted FBI director James Comey on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)

People wade through a security line

People wade through a security line before a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with ousted FBI director James Comey on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)

People wait for the hearing

People wait for a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with ousted FBI director James Comey on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)

People make preparations for the hearing

People make preparations for a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with ousted FBI director James Comey on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)

A sign sits outside the entrance to the hearing room

A sign sits outside the entrance to the hearing room where former FBI Director James Comey will testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Remote cameras are set-up

Remote cameras are set-up in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing room ahead of testimony by former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Hart Senate Office Building

The Hart Senate Office Building where former FBI Director James Comey will before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The microphone James Comey will use

The microphone that former FBI Director James Comey will use while testifiying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A ticker tape displays headlines

People watch a ticker tape display showing headlines of the days news that former FBI Director James Comey will testify at a Senate hearingon Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

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