Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Fired FBI Chief James Comey To Testify Publicly In Congress


He said he hopes Mr Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Mr Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by President Trump.

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Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 United States presidential election, intensifying President Donald Trump's political troubles. Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story.

Both Warner and the committee's chairman, Richard Burr, indicated they were looking forward to Mr Comey's testimony about Russian interference in the November 8 presidential elections that saw Mr Trump secure the White House by scoring the electoral college, though Democratic rival Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. The hearing, which will focus on Comey's role in the investigation into the alleged ties between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian operatives, will be scheduled sometime after the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Wherever Comey testifies, Americans deserve to hear what he has to say, Warner said.

The recently sacked intelligence official has agreed to the hearing amid growing concern over President Trump's ties to Russian Federation and his involvement in the ongoing the investigation.

The reports came just as Trump flew to Saudi Arabia to kick off his first foreign trip as U.S. leader - highlighting how the controversy over his team's alleged links to Moscow is dogging his fledgling presidency.

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Yates was appointed for the transition period as a "neutral" administrator until President Donald Trump would appoint a successor. Clapper went on to highlight Russia's hacking involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

The committee will also probe the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief on the events surrounding his dismissal earlier this month as swirling controversy threatens to derail President Trump's political ambitions.

"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee", said Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, urging Comey to reconsider.

Earlier this week, NPR confirmed that Trump had asked Comey to scuttle the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to a memo of the account written by Comey.

The latest twist in the Comey saga came on Friday when The New York Times (NYT) published a report of a meeting between Mr Trump and Russian officials in the Oval Office.

Mr Comey's willingness to testify in an open session will likely alarm the White House, which has been struggling to contain the fallout from the sacking of one of America's highest profile officials.

On Thursday, a day after the special counsel was named, Trump wrote on Twitter that the inquiry "is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

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