JAMES Comey, the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, would have wanted the president’s Twitter account to be blocked and removed, a top intelligence official told Axios on Wednesday.
Comey’s testimony in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election will be released on Thursday.
Comey will also testify about Russian interference and whether it was successful in swaying the outcome of the election.
The former FBI director testified that he did not believe Trump’s tweets influenced the outcome in the November election, though he added that he felt he could not say that about the President.
“I thought it was an important thing to have in the public domain,” Comey said.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has been conducting its own investigation into Russian interference, with the goal of uncovering any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
Comey also said during his testimony that Trump “totally mischaracterized” the nature of his conversations with Comey, including his questioning of the FBI Director about whether he had seen classified information on a laptop used by Trump and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“It is impossible to know whether the President’s mischaracterizations of my answers to his questions were intentional,” Comey wrote in a memo.
“There are two possibilities: Either the President has deliberately misrepresented the nature or nature of the conversations, or he was simply not aware of the nature and nature of those conversations.”
In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump did not have an understanding of the scope of his interactions with Comey.
“The President has not been briefed on the existence of any Oval Office meeting that took place on his behalf,” Spicer said.
“He’s not aware that there was an Oval Office conversation that took that form.”
The FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, has also said that the president was not aware the FBI was investigating him.