Former FBI Director James Comey said he kept detailed memos on his interactions with President Donald Trump because he feared the president would not be honest about them afterward.
"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.
He recalled thinking during his first one-on-one conversation with Trump, "I gotta write it down and I gotta write it down in a very detailed way."
Comey said a combination of factors including the subject matter and Trump himself led him to take steps to document the conversations that he did not need to take with President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
“I knew that there might come a day when I would need a record of what happened,” he said, in order to protect himself and the FBI.
After Comey was fired, Trump tweeted that Comey should hope there are no tape recordings of their meetings.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," Comey said Thursday.
Though President Trump has not yet weighed in on Comey's testimony, his son is tweeting about it. Donald Trump Jr. claimed the interaction between Comey and the president about Michael Flynn was "very far from any kind of coercion or influence and certainly not obstruction."
"In context 2 guys talking about a guy they both know well. I hear "I hope nothing happens but you have to do your job," Trump Jr. wrote.
The committee has requested copies of the memos Comey authored.