Former FBI chief James Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee about contacts with President Donald Trump.
A TV reporter takes a picture with his microphone next to Comey's name before the hearing.
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James Comey shakes hands with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) as Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) looks on.
Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before the Senate intelligence committee.
Patrons at Ace's Bar in San Francisco watch coverage of the hearing.
People gather at Shaw's Tavern in Washington, D.C. to watch the hearing.
Comey begins testifying before the committee.
Comey told the committee the Trump administration, "chose to defame me," told "lies, plain and simple."
Comey took exception to the White House saying the FBI was in disarray and poorly led, "Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them, and I am so sorry that the American people were told them," Comey said.
Comey referred to President Trump's tweet about tapes of their conversations saying, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."
Comey said he decided to create a written record of meetings Donald Trump, "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting."
Senate intelligence committee vice chair Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) called Comey's written testimony "disturbing." "Think about it, the President of the United States asking the FBI director to drop an ongoing investigation."
According to Comey, Trump asked him to halt the FBI probe into Michael Flynn's conversations with a Russia ambassador. Comey wrote Trump said, "'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."
Comey said it never occured to him there may be tapes until President Trump tweeted about it and called on Trump to make them public, if they exist. "If he did, my feelings aren't hurt ... release all the tapes!" Comey said.