Local leaders on both sides of the aisle react to Comey testimony

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Former FBI Director James Comey laid out his account of his dealing with President Donald Trump, before he was fired last month, during his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He spoke about the possible hacking of the 2016 election by Russia, Michael Flynn's involvement with Russia and that what he felt was pressure by the president to drop the case against Flynn, and when he didn't, was fired instead.

As people watched the three hour testimony on Capitol Hill, both Pitt County Democratic Chairman Charles McLawhorn and Republican Chairman Mark Stewart were watching too.

"This started out as an investigation into Russian hacking, we got no evidence of that, but now everyone has shifted the narrative to Trump is obstructing justice, none of that is true and it's just another which hunt," Stewart says.

"The problem I had with these conversation, it appeared to be, appeared to be that he was directing Mr. Comey on how to do his job via Mr. Trump," McLawhorn stated.

"He started this with Trump and he has his own predisposition about Trump and I think he's acting out the narrative he's already assumed, and that Trump did something improper, but he hadn't," Stewart goes on to say.

Despite the allegations, the two chairmen, both of which are attorneys, agree on one thing.

"I really don't think Mr. Trump's conduct reaches the level of obstruction of justice," McLawhorn tells WITN.

Stewart says, "This will end and nothing will come of it and then the Democrats, I'm sure, will bring something else up, another which hunt on Trump."

President Trump's lawyer is accusing Comey of "unauthorized disclosures" of "privileged communications" he had with the president, saying Trump 'never, in form or substance' directed Comey to stop investigating anyone, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.