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Albert R. Hunt

There's a Reason Republican Senators Weren't Smiling

Comey probably didn't change anybody's mind, but he didn't do Trump any favors, either.
Bad day.

Bad day.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

James Comey probably didn't change anybody's mind about President Donald Trump but he didn't do Trump any favors, either, raising fresh doubts about the president's integrity and motives in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

The former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he was convinced that Trump fired him on May 9 because he refused to tamp down the Russia investigation. He said he took notes of his conversations with the chief executive because he feared that Trump would lie about them, and accused the White House of spreading lies about why he was ousted. By contrast, he said he didn't take notes of personal dealings with two other presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, suggesting that he never doubted their integrity.