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Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

20 May 2017, 02:09 | Darnell Patrick

Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

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Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify before the Senate intelligence committee.

Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the remark on Twitter shortly after criticizing Comey's decision to not testify before his own panel.

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

The Washington Post meanwhile said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified an unnamed senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its sprawling probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In their announcement Friday, Burr and Warner announced that Comey would testify in open session, and that they would schedule that session after the Memorial Day break.

The president has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, characterizing the multiple investigations of the matter as a "witch-hunt".

In the Oval Office weeks later, Mr Comey told associates, the President asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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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 newspaper said that a United States official read the document to Times staff members. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information.

His ouster is linked to investigations of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Moscow. "That's taken off", Trump purportedly told Lavrov. "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I".

While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation - which he has called a "hoax" - played a role.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors. "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 U.S. official. He was insane, a real nut job" and that "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation. "Chairman (Jason) Chaffetz should request these White House documents today and have his subpoena pen ready- just as he did earlier this week with the memos written by Director Comey".



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