“The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organisation was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader.”

Former FBI director James Comey made the statement at an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He said, “Those were lies plain and simple.”

Comey, who was fired May 9, told the senators that Trump had consistently praised his performance, but he felt the need to document his interactions with the president in detail.

“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,” he said.

Comey is testifying about his meetings with President Donald Trump.