Former FBI Director James Comey has accepted the Senate Intelligence Committee’s invitation to testify in an open session.
Reuters reported on Friday evening that Comey stated he would be delivering his testimony in full view of the public. According to The Hill, senators on the committee are expected to schedule the hearing after Memorial Day weekend, meaning Comey could testify as soon as the first week of June.
BREAKING: Senate Intelligence Committee says former FBI Director Comey agrees to testify in open session – statement
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“The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections,” Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the committee, said in a public statement. “I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media.”
Comey’s firing was the subject of controversy for the past two weeks, as it came on the heels of his request for more funding for the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged pattern of communications with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election. The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump referenced the investigation in the same breath as the Comey firing in his recent meeting with Russian diplomats visiting the White House, saying the FBI director’s removal amounted to “great pressure” being lifted from his administration.
Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said all members of the panel are eager to hear Comey’s side of the events preceding his firing.
“Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story,” Sen. Warner stated. “Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it.”
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