NEW YORK (AP) FBI Director James Comey has said there was no political motive behind the targeting of the families of Americans killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Comey’s remarks to lawmakers Thursday were released after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to probe the bureau’s handling of the probes into the attacks.
Comey said there’s a possibility that the FBI’s investigation into the terrorist attacks might lead to criminal charges.
Comey also told the lawmakers he was unaware of any information that suggested political motivations were behind the surveillance, which he said was a “procedural oversight” and that he was surprised it was classified.
In addition, Comey said the bureau has not found evidence of any kind of coordination between the bureau and a foreign government.
In his remarks, Comey also said he’s “deeply troubled” by the idea that he would be able to investigate Trump and the administration by saying he’s a Democrat.
Comey was the first public official to publicly question Trump and his administration after Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, a move that prompted outrage from Democrats and some Republicans.
Comey called the decision “troubling” and said the timing of the dismissal was “highly unusual.”
He said he has a responsibility to do his job.
The FBI’s top law enforcement official said Thursday that he is also troubled by the decision to fire Comey.
Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C., about his conversations with Trump.
He told lawmakers that Trump asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and that Trump encouraged Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
The former FBI director said the President also made it clear he was not willing to let Flynn go.
Comey added that the President suggested that he should keep Flynn because of the Russia investigation.
Comey has testified previously that he has not seen any evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.
Comey and others say the investigation into Russian interference in the election is being handled by the Justice Department and the FBI.
Comey, who served as the FBI director under President George W. Bush, testified before a House panel last year that he did not remember the president asking him to drop Flynn’s investigation.
He said then that he believed he had an obligation to report any information about the investigation to Congress.
In the testimony, Comey detailed his interactions with Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
He also testified that the president made a series of aggressive phone calls to him and urged him to continue investigating Flynn.
Comey told lawmakers in a letter sent to Congress that Trump has not contacted him since he was fired.
Comey did not say whether Trump has asked him for an apology for the Comey firing, but he did say he has received a “broad range of calls and emails from him.”
Comey’s testimony came two days after Trump said he is not aware of any evidence of coordination with Russia.
Comey announced the decision late last month.
Comey had been under pressure from Democrats for weeks to detail the nature of his conversations and the nature and timing of his meetings with Trump, a former director of national intelligence who now heads the FBI and who is not a Democrat but has a reputation as being more independent.
Republicans have criticized Comey for not being forthcoming in his testimony.
They also have questioned whether Comey was given adequate advance notice of the probe into Trump and Flynn.
The panel also has been probing whether Comey, an outspoken Democrat, violated FBI policies when he told Congress in May that the bureau had not found any evidence to support the idea of coordination or coordination between Trump and Russia.
Democrats have also pressed Comey to provide documents related to the probe, including any records of the investigation and the fact-finding process.
Comey will testify again Thursday at a House oversight hearing on the bureau.
The Judiciary Committee has asked Comey to make public any memos or emails that might contain evidence of his interactions or decisions with the president.
Comey is expected to say that there are no memos or records that could shed light on his interactions.
He has said that there’s no evidence of collusion.
Comey earlier testified that he had not heard from the White House regarding the Comey letter and that the White and the Justice Departments did not discuss the letter’s contents.
In an interview on Fox News Wednesday, Trump told Sean Hannity that Comey had told him he had been fired and that it was because of Russia.
“That’s a lie,” Trump said.
“I’m just saying.
There’s a lot of people that know what happened.
And it was a very bad, very, very bad decision by Comey.
It was a total, complete disgrace.”