Fired FBI director James Comey tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that he hopes President Trump's threat that he might have taped their much-talked-about Oval Office conversation is not an empty one.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
If there are--you know where to send them: https://t.co/cLRcuIiQXz— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 12, 2017
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Now, here's the question: You're big. You're strong. I know the Oval Office, and I know what happens to people when they walk in. There is a certain amount of intimidation. But why didn't you stop and say, "Mr. President, this is wrong. I cannot discuss this with you"?
JAMES COMEY: It's a great question. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in. And the only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind, because I could remember every word he said -- I was playing in my mind, what should my response be? And that's why I very carefully chose the words.
And, look, I -- I've seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes. I -- I remember saying, "I agree he's a good guy," as a way of saying, "I'm not agreeing with what you just asked me to do."
Again, maybe other people would be stronger in that circumstance but that -- that was -- that's how I conducted myself. I -- I hope I'll never have another opportunity. Maybe if I did it again, I would do it better.