PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden had a seat in the epicenter of the political world Thursday as he questioned former FBI Director James Comey during his appearance at a Senate Intelligence hearing.
Comey, fired by President Trump in early May, was making his first public comments since being dismissed from leading the FBI.
Oregon Sentator Jeff Merkley said Comey’s testimony “painted a profoundly disturbing portrait of President Trump and his administration.”
Wyden asked Comey what he would have done if “President Trump asked him to drop any investigation” into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey said they would have dropped it.
A big part of the hearing and testimony centered around Comey’s relationship with Trump before, during and after his firing. Comey disputes the administration’s justifications for firing him last month.
That was just one of several instances where Comey said the Trump Administration spread “lies, plain and simple” and defamed him.
Merkley said Comey made it clear Trump was trying to pressure Comey in a veiled way.
“When he was asked about whether he thought about the possibility there were White House recordings..he said ‘Lordy I hope there are tapes’ and it just shows a real confidence that he is relaying the story accurately,” Merkley said.
Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Tung Yin told KOIN 6 News Comey’s testimony didn’t really expose anything that wasn’t known or suspected in the last month.
“There really didn’t seem to be a big smoking gun that you could point to that would change minds,” Yin said. “I think that what you would say is different from 2 weeks ago or a month ago is that he’s testifying under oath. So there’s special gravity and credibility that comes with that.”
Watch Wyden question Comey: