In a statement released after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders said he was disturbed by details relating to the FBI’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. He called President Donald Trump a liar and said he was “more concerned than ever” about Trump’s efforts to “derail” the FBI investigation. Sanders said that Comey’s testimony indicated that Trump tried to stop the FBI investigation of Russian tampering or involvement with the U.S. election.
“Remarkably, Mr. Comey said President Trump was a liar,” Sanders said in a formal statement. Comey told Congress he detailed their meetings in written memos because he was concerned about the President “spreading lies.” Comey also indicated that he believed Trump had “defamed” Comey and the FBI. The former official testified that the White House tried to damage his personal reputation and the FBI by saying the agency was in “disarray.”
Sanders said that most people would agree with Mr. Comey after hearing the testimony and stated that “Trump has blatantly lied” on issue after issue. He also expressed concern that the matter would affect the United States’ world standing. The FBI has been investigating former Trump adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russian businessmen and government officials.
A special prosecutor, former FBI director Robert Mueller, is leading a probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia. The team includes former FBI officials, federal prosecutors and other Justice Department officials. Investigators with both the House and Senate are seeking copies of memos written by Comey and other White House documents related to the Russia probe. The investigation is also tasked to determine whether or not President Trump obstructed justice by asking Comey for his loyalty.