FBI Director James Comey compares his hatred of Patriots to Russia and Hillary Clinton

"If I'm honest with myself, the reason I don't like the Patriots is they represent sustained excellence."

FBI Director James Comey, left, joined by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, right, testifies on Capitol Hill.
FBI Director James Comey, left, joined by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, right, testifies on Capitol Hill. –AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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In the midst of testimony on Monday before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey referenced his personal dislike for the New England Patriots while trying to make a point about Russia and the 2016 election.

“To put it in a homely metaphor, I hate the New England Patriots,” Comey said. “No matter who they play, I’d like them to lose.”

Here’s the full context:

Later in his testimony, Comey was thanked for his agency’s participation in successfully finding and retrieving Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey. At that point, he offered a follow-up explanation on his feelings for the Patriots.

“If I’m honest with myself, the reason I don’t like the Patriots is they represent sustained success. And as a Giants fan, that drives me crazy.”

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