>> You swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.>> I do.>> An extraordinary moment on Capital Hill, Thursday. Fired FBI Director James Comey strongly hinting that President Trump may have broken the law, telling a senate panel that Trump fired him to undermine the Russia probe.
>> I was fired because of the Russia investigation. Something about the way I was conducting it. The president felt, created pressure on him. They wanted to relieve. Again, I didn't know that at the time.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Comey's dramatic testimony. The first time he spoke in public since he was fired has only fan the flames around Trump's White House.
The world witnessing the spectacle of a former high ranking government official under oath, pointing his finger directly at the president, saying he was pressured to drop an investigation into Trumps former National Security Advisor. Comey's account largely going unchallenged by senators from either party. The question is whether the president's actions amount to obstruction of justice, a crime for which people can go to jail, and presidents can be impeached.
Comey, under intense questioning from the Senate Intelligence Committee, declining to say directly whether he thinks Trumps interfered with justice. But revealing deep suspicions of the president's motives, elaborating on his written statement that Trump repeatedly asked him for loyalty. And pressed him to drop a probe into former National Security Advisor, Micheal Flynn's contacts with Russia.
>> I took it as a direction.>> Right.>> I mean as the President of the United States with me alone, saying I hope this. I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it.>> Comey saying he took notes for memos about his interaction with the president, specifically because he thought he might lie about their conversations after the fact.
>> And so I thought it really important to document.>> And indignantly accusing the White House of lying about the reasons for his firing on May 9th. Clearly furious with the White House for pushing the narrative that he was fired because the FBI was in disarray.>> Those were lies, plain and simple.
>> Comey saying, he told Trump three times that he was not the target of an investigation, but if Trump wasn't under investigation a few months ago, he very well may be at this point. Comey saying, he's sure special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the obstruction question now.
>> Did you believe this will rise to obstruction of justice?>> I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out.>> So far this is following the classic pattern of Washington's scandals dating back to Watergate. It's the cover up, rather than the underlying crime, that does the most damage.