Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 10:42
He will testify after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set.
"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, chairman of the committee.
Friday's report quotes Trump calling ousted FBI Director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job".
Pelosi said that Trump has left himself "very vulnerable personally" if he in fact asked Comey to end an investigation of adviser Michael Flynn.
In a press release in response to the Times story, the White House disputed not the facts of the report, but the interpretation, saying Trump was talking not about the FBI's criminal investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but about post-election scrutiny that was making it hard for him to work with Russian Federation. He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by Trump.
"Among the concerns that I recall were to restore the credibility of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, respect the established authority of the Department of Justice, limit public statements and eliminate leaks", he said, echoing the sentiments he had outlined in a May 9 memo that the White House released publicly that day and cited as the basis for the firing. Mark Warner, the panel's top Democrat.
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FILERussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied talking about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month. The meeting ignited further controversy this week, when it was revealed that Trump had disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation. The idea, the official suggested, was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov - on Syria, Ukraine, and other issues - by saying that Russian meddling in last year's election had created political problems for Trump.
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. On Thursday, the Justice Department said a special counsel had been appointed to look into allegations of Russian interference in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. But Trump said later that he had already chose to fire Comey.
At first, the administration said Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of the Justice Department, and because of Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.
"It's now considered a criminal investigation", said Sen.