Opponents have suggested Mr Comey was dismissed because he was leading the investigation into alleged links between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation. Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".
"I didn't see any indication that Loretta Lynch was trying to cover this investigation for the Clinton campaign or direct me in any way", Comey said.
Just a few hours before James Comey's first television appearance ahead of his new book's release, President Trump published a string of tweets calling Comey a "slimeball" and saying the notes the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director says he took were "fake". "It's possible, but I don't know". And if possible, ask yourselves, "What would I have done, and why?" "I was floating above myself looking down saying 'you're sitting here briefing the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in Moscow'".
"It's the family, the family, the family, the family", Comey said.
Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey.
Asked if he thought "people tied to President Trump colluded with the Russians", Comey said, "I don't know is the honest answer".
"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the awful job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump tweeted Friday. My wife and girls marched in the women's march the day after President Trump's inauguration. Comey adds, "It was all, 'What can we say about what they did and how it affects the election that we just had?'" That something really important just happened and that I was a little - another one of those outta-body experiences, like, 'Really? He looked slightly orange up close with small white half moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning googles. As part of an early morning tweet storm, Trump wrote: "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"
Asked whether Comey is someone he would describe as a "slime ball" - a term Trump has used twice in tweets - Ryan said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "I don't speak like that".
"It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check."
When Trump fired Comey in May 2017, the administration cited a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's email server. Clinton herself has pointed to Comey's actions in explaining her presidential election loss.
He also said it was possible Russian Federation was holding something over Mr Trump. "I can't trust him".
Several of the episodes he describes in detail, including a private conversation about former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, are central to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and his recollections are presumably valuable for prosecutors examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice.
Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation. And you may come out thinking, "I'd've done it differently", but I don't think you'll come out thinking that-as Hillary Clinton wrote in her book, I shived her.