Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

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Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session. The announcement was made in a joint statement by chairman Richard Burr and vice chairman Mark Warner.

A Republican congressman said Thursday night that Congress and the nation may be just days away from James Comey breaking his silence after being fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by President Donald Trump. Warner said he also expects Comey to, “shed light on issues critical to this Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election”.

Comey has not spoken publicly since President Donald Trump abruptly fired him less than two weeks ago amid his agency’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump camapaign and Russian officials.

Comey’s testimony has been sought by numerous congressional committees after news broke last week that he had written a memo stating President Donald Trump had asked him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which invited Comey to testify next week.

Comey, however, turned down an invitation to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee as well, which left chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., “extremely disappointed”, the lawmakers said in a statement Friday evening.

But it appears Comey has chosen to testify just once more before Congress.

Despite agreeing to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey declined to testify before the Judiciary Committee.

Hurd also disagreed with the President’s comments on Thursday that the appointment of a special counsel “hurts our country”.

There were concern among some, such as Sen.

The White House originally pointed to a recommendation from acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the impetus for his departure. “I am surprised he will do so given the fact we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related to their conversations”.

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