Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

House Oversight Committee wants Comey to testify at public hearing

House Oversight Committee wants Comey to testify at public hearing

Former FBI Director James Comey had been leading the investigation until he was sacked by President Donald Trump.

The Republican-led House oversight committee said Wednesday it plans to invite fired FBI Director James Comey to a May 24 hearing, amid questions on whether President Trump tried to interfere with the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 race.

Comey had testified exactly 10 years ago in the Senate about his famous hospital-room showdown with former U.S. President George W. Bush's White House aides at John Ashcroft's bedside, CNN reported. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, along with two other senators on the committee, made the requests in separate letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House.

Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday said the burden on proof is on the New York Times, which first reported the Comey memo, to publish it.

"President has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

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Gov. Gary Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference Thursday that he talked to Chaffetz on Wednesday and believes an announcement is "imminent".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Mr. Trump told Comey, according to the memo. "He is a good guy". The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.

"Just because there is an investigation or work done at the Department of Justice doesn't excuse the Congress from doing its own work and getting to the bottom of things", said Chaffetz.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates last week told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that she warned the Trump administration 18 days before Flynn's termination that the retired lieutenant general may have been vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

He has been the subject of scrutiny in that role, having been criticized for his handling of multiple investigations into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including into her role in responding to the 2012 Benghazi attack and her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

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