Former FBI Director Comey will testify before Senate intel committee
Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the committee announced Friday.
Comey “deserves an opportunity to tell his story”, according to the committee’s ranking Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, who added: “Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it”.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP senator wouldn’t be “surprised” if Comey forced to cancel testimony Graham “surprised” Comey will testify publicly Lawmakers vow to move ahead with Russian Federation probes MORE (R-S.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he appreciated Comey’s willingness to testify before the intelligence panel but he was “surprised” he would be able to testify since Mueller was investigating conversations between Comey and President Trump.
House members and senators said Mr Rosenstein in his briefings steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of Mr Mueller, but made clear the former FBI director will have wide latitude to pursue the investigation – potentially including criminal charges.
Warner said he also expects Comey to, “shed light on issues critical to this Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election”. Earlier this week, revelations that Comey kept memos detailing his conversations with Trump, including one in which the president apparently pressed his former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to drop the inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, roiled Washington.
The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories Mr Trump fired Mr Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation. The report says one official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.
The exchange supports claims that Trump sacked Comey over the bureau’s probe into possible collusion between the real estate mogul’s campaign and Moscow.
“I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”. He was insane, a real nut job” and that “I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation.
As previously reported on The Root, President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week, according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.
“If these White House documents in fact exist memorializing the President’s statements to the Russians, the Oversight Committee needs to obtain copies immediately”, he continued.
The latest report from the Post, citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation, undercuts Trump’s insistence that his campaign had nothing to do with the Kremlin.