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James Comey was a lifelong Republican until the current administration came around, but he seemed more than a little exasperated with his former party after a series of hearings on Monday. - Comey, sacked by US President Donald Trump in 2017, testified Friday before US lawmakers for the first time in over a year, but this time out of the camera glare.

A judge will decide on Tuesday whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn should be sent to prison for lying to the FBI in a case stemming from the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation in the run-up to the 2016 election. "How does that make any sense?" "The President of the United States is lying lying about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and attacking the rule of law in this country".

"People who know better including Republican members of this body have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base", he said.

They also said that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had told Flynn that the "quickest way" to conduct the interview was without counsel present.

Herridge asked whether Comey thought the FBI's reputation has "taken a hit" over the past number of months, to which Comey said President Trump "and his acolytes have lied about [the FBI] constantly".

Comey also slammed Republicans for continuing to focus on probes like Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server and the motivations behind the dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele.

Flynn told investigators in Jan 2017 that he had not discussed United States sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement. "This is the president of the United States, calling a witness who has cooperated with his own Justice Department a rat", Comey said.

Comey testified for almost six hours Monday, in addition to the six-hour closed-door discussion he had with panel members earlier this month. Comey asked reporters after meeting for over five hours with members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. A transcript of the first session suggested that Comey's first closed-door testimony mirrored much of what he has said in public settings.