Former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress on Thursday morning.
He spoke on a range of issues, from President Donald Trump’s decision to fire him from the FBI to the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the past presidential election, according to the Associated Press.
You can read the full text of his testimony at Politico.
Comey said in the hearing that the Trump administration chose to “defame” him and the FBI using “lies, plain and simple.”
In his opening remarks, ex-FBI Director Comey just called the President of the United States a liar. Unprecedented. pic.twitter.com/ocXNu35sQ9— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 8, 2017
The event had some major moments throughout.
- According to NBC News, Comey said Trump lied about the reasons of his firing. Comey said that he felt “confused” and “concerned” about why he was fired in May. Trump told Comey he was fired because he negatively impacted morale in the FBI.
- As NPR reported, Comey said he was confused to hear Trump say Comey was fired for the Russian investigation.
- Comey’s big quote: "So it confused me when I saw on television the president saying he actually fired me because of the Russia investigation and learned again from the media that he was telling, privately, other parties that my firing had relieved 'great pressure' on the Russia investigation.”
- Comey said that the FBI thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions would remove himself from the Russian investigation for a “variety of the reasons,” according to the Associated Press.
! Comey says there was facts that would make Sessions involvement in the Russia investigation “problematic” but he can’t discuss in public pic.twitter.com/H1rNT4SBN1— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 8, 2017
Despite the serious nature, social media found some moments hilarious.
Comey said he had to cancel date night with his wife so he could go to dinner with Trump.
Comey says Trump called him at work to invite him to dinner — and he had to cancel a date with his wife. :( pic.twitter.com/ss3ebCUuHj— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 8, 2017
LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL MEN: Do. Not. Cancel. Date. Night. Or you will pay.— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker) June 8, 2017
Comey said that he leaked his memos to a friend in hopes that it would lead to a special prosecutor, according to NBC News.
"I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel," he said.
When asked why he didn’t leak more information to the media, he said, "I worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach.”
That set off the media.
When the media makes the same joke. pic.twitter.com/pYrNYCZKYj— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) June 8, 2017
My Twitter feed is 90% seagulls— Christina Prignano Deering (@CPrignano) June 8, 2017
“Seagulls at the beach” is a very memorable description of reporters!— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) June 8, 2017
Comey didn't mince words about Russia’s impact on the U.S. election. He said, "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election."
The phrase “no fuzz” went viral.
"No fuzz” will be the phrase of the summer— Dashiell Bennett (@dashbot) June 8, 2017
No fuzz. No fuzz. You're the fuzz.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 8, 2017
There's no fuzz on that light touch with the seagulls on the beach.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 8, 2017
I am losing my mind.
no fuzz on this imPeach— Sam McDougle (@smickdougle) June 8, 2017
thank you, thank you
"No fuzz" is the real winner today— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 8, 2017
Comey continually answered questions by saying he can’t answer them in public, which also attracted attention online.
"Daddy, is Santa Claus real?"— Scott Stossel (@SStossel) June 8, 2017
"I'm sorry, I can't answer that in an open session."
Wife: "Hey did you eat the fried rice leftovers? That was my lunch."— Dad (@fivefifths) June 8, 2017
Me: "I am declining to answer that question in an open setting."
On May 12, Trump tweeted that he hoped there weren’t any tapes of his conversations with Comey. On Thursday, Comey said he hoped there were tapes. “I saw the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” he said.
The word “Lordy” had Twitter talking, too.
We can all agree with Jim Comey that, Lordy, we hope there are tapes.— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 8, 2017
Newsroom email: NPR style will be "lordy," not "lordie." (Apparently 'lawdy' not in consideration)— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) June 8, 2017
Celebrities tweeted about the testimony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Late-night hosts of “The Daily Show,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” all tweeted about the testimony.
Waiting for Trump to find his phone like… pic.twitter.com/VHXGNBLw10— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 8, 2017
The Comey hearings are even more fun if you sing "Karma Chameleon" to yourself as "Comey Chameleon" whoops sorry now it's in your head too.— @midnight (@midnight) June 8, 2017