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Former FBI Director James Comey is speaking for the first time publicly about his firing by President Trump.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing:

James Comey knows an FBI director can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, but tells this key Senate panel he's grown confused and concerned by the administration's shifting explanation and accusations the FBI was in disarray and poorly led:

(Comey) "Those were lies, plain and simple. And I am so sorry the FBI workforce had to hear them and I am so sorry the American people were told them."

Comey does confirm President Trump was not personally under any investigation at the time of his firing, but says former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was in legal jeopardy.

Asked why he took meticulous notes following meetings with President Trump, Comey responded:

(Comey) "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document it."

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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