"I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted," Comey said. "That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me."
The former FBI boss also indicated that Trump approached him with the intention to halt an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In February, less than one month into the job, Flynn left his post in the administration after it was disclosed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Still — though Lee said Comey "doesn't strike me as someone who would lie under oath" — the senator believes there's nothing to indicate wrongdoing by Trump and it's "time to move forward."
"I don't see that that amounts to obstruction," he said about Comey's testimony. "I don't see any evidence of intent to obstruct. I don't see that there was even the potential for corruption here or for obstruction of justice."
Lee also said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with Russian officials and his recusal from the investigation into the administration, would "never intentionally mislead another or intentionally misstate the truth." Comey indicated that Sessions had a third undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Lee, a conservative, criticized Trump during the election and voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin in protest. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has oversight over the Department of Justice
Meanwhile, outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also defended Trump after Comey's sworn testimony, saying there "was nothing there that would bolster those claims" that the president did anything illegal.