Fired FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director Jim Comey because he lied about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The former director, who resigned earlier this month amid the Russia investigation, said Trump had told him he would be fired if he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Comey was fired on Tuesday.
“President Trump made a decision to fire Comey based on his performance on July 20,” Comey said at a news conference.
“And he did not tell me that he was going to be fired, that he wanted to be replaced.”
The Senate Intelligence committee said Thursday that it has requested an interview with Comey.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is also seeking Comey’s testimony.
Comey, who was fired from the FBI in May, is one of several senior officials Trump has fired since he took office in January.
Comey said he was fired for his role in the Russia probe.
Comey spoke to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees on Thursday.
He said he would not be “in a position to discuss ongoing investigations” until the Senate intelligence committee completes its investigation.
The White House said Trump told Comey that he “cannot be credible” and that he should “get lost in the swamp.”
Trump fired Comey in May after the FBI director declined to testify to a Senate panel about the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference.
The New York Times reported on June 11 that Trump had directed Comey to end the Russia inquiry.
“He’s been an absolute disaster,” Trump told Fox News in May.
“I’ve had a very good relationship with Jim Comey, and I think he’s done a great job.”
Trump and Comey had a brief, brief meeting in the Oval Office in February that Trump said was supposed to be a “private” one, but was leaked to the media.