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Trump lashes out at ex-FBI director for giving 'untruthful' testimony over handling of Russia probe

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US on Sunday lashed out at former FBI James Comey, whom he had fired, claiming that he lied to in testimony over his handling of the probe.

"Leakin' must have set a record for who lied the most to in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become They are now exposed!" Trump tweeted.

He even listed the number of times Comey told the investigators that he did not know, recall, or could not remember things when asked.

"On 245 occasions, former FBI told House investigators he didn't know, didn't recall, or couldn't remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) - didn't know who signed off and didn't know All lies!" Trump said.

Trump was reacting to the transcripts of Comey's close door testimony before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and Reforms Committee last week, which were released Sunday.

Comey had told the House investigators that he opened probe on four Americans and that he didn't know former

In his testimony, which lasted six hours, Comey said the initial counterintelligence investigation into election meddling was opened on four individuals -- but not Trump -- to see if any of them were conspiring with the Russians to sway the elections.

Comey did not identify the four, and declined to answer other questions that went into matters under investigation by and other federal prosecutors.

He alleged Trump as asked him to drop the investigations against Michael Flynn, the then national security

"I felt that he was asking me, directing me to drop a criminal investigation, which I thought was improper, so I went back, wrote a memo about it, briefed the leadership of the FBI so we could figure out what to do about it," Comey said referring to his meeting with Trump in early 2017.

"The aim of the Russian effort in 2016 was to destabilize, undermine, damage our democracy...that's a very serious threat...And understanding whether any Americans were part of that effort is incredibly important because the threat of those Americans by virtue of their alliance with the Russians would pose to our country," he said.

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 23:40 IST