But Comey also said Trump shows his intelligence because he “communicates with people in a direct way,” an apparent reference to the president’s frequent tweets and campaign-style rallies.
Appointed FBI director in 2013, Comey was fired in May 2017.
At the time, Comey was leading a criminal investigation into possible collusion between Russians and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump criticized Comey over his handling of an investigation into a private email server used by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. But Comey later told a Senate committee, "It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation.”
Speaking at a highly anticipated hearing on Capitol Hill, ousted FBI director James B. Comey told lawmakers Thursday that the Trump administration had spread "lies, plain and simple" and "defamed" him and the agency after his firing last month.