Murkowski calls Comey testimony on Trump “troubling”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski listens to panelists at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee in Cordova, Alaska on June 10, 2017. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski says she finds last week’s testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey “troubling.”

Murkowski was in Cordova Saturday for a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs. She said she hadn’t yet had a chance to watch Comey’s full testimony, since her own committee was meeting while he spoke.

But, Murkowski said, she’d read enough to raise concerns.

“He made some statements that were pretty direct,” Murkowski said. “He believes that the president lied on certain occasions, and that there were pressures directed to him, as the FBI Director, that he did not feel were appropriate. So yes, I think we should look at that, and yes, find that troubling.”

In his testimony, Comey called President Trump’s statements that the FBI was in disarray “lies, plain and simple.” Comey also testified that he felt the President had asked him to pledge his loyalty, and directed him to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Rachel Waldholz covers energy and the environment for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media, KTOO in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Before coming to Anchorage, she spent two years reporting for Raven Radio in Sitka. Rachel studied documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and her short film, A Confused War won several awards. Her work has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace, among other outlets.
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