Former FBI Director James Comey targeted President Trump in his opening testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

Comey took issue with the Trump administration's characterization of the FBI as being in "disarray" after he was fired May 9. 

He also noted claims that the bureau was "poorly led" and that the workforce at the FBI had "lost confidence in its leader."

"Those were lies plain and simple. I'm so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I'm so sorry that the American people were told them," he said, describing the statements as an effort to "defame me and more importantly, the FBI."

Comey said he did "nothing alone" at the FBI, adding that the organization will be "fine without me" and its mission to protect the country and uphold the Constitution will be "relentlessly pursued."

Watch the clip above and watch the hearing LIVE, here.

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