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“Lies, plain and simple”: how James Comey became Trump’s meddlesome priest

The latest episode in Trump's presidency revealed the true depth of his egotism

By Calder Walton  

Comey appears before the committee, watched by the media. Photo: PA

In one of the most widely awaited events in recent US political history, James Comey, the former FBI Director fired by President Trump a month ago, testified yesterday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Bars in Washington opened early, showing Comey’s testimony live on big-screen TVs. Welcome to the reality television show of US presidential politics, and counter-espionage probes, in which we now live.

His testimony is part of the greatest political scandal in America since Watergate: Russia’s interference…

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