Comey to testify before Senate intel committee
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 12:40
Both the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees had invited Comey to testify earlier this week, following revelations that President Trump had asked Comey in February to shut down the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Senate Intelligence Committee said the public hearing headlined by Comey will be scheduled at some point after Memorial Day.
The committee issued the subpoena last week, seeking "a large number of documents" after Flynn's lawyer informed the panel that Flynn would not be complying with an April 28 request to hand over the same documents voluntarily.
'Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate, ' Burr said in his two-sentence statement.
Cummings said the committee's GOP chairman, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, "should. have his subpoena pen ready" to obtain any White House documents related to Trump's meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
The committee is one of several on Capitol Hill investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. One of the purposes of the call, according to the report, was to establish a "back channel" between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In this January 3, 2017, file photo, Michael Flynn, then - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for National Security Adviser arrives at Trump Tower in NY.
After Trump's inauguration, Flynn's representatives told the White House counsel that Flynn, who was already serving as national security adviser, would be registering with the Justice Department.
Reuters reported that Flynn and other Trump campaign staffers were in contact with Russian officials at least 18 times during the last several months of the presidential campaign.
What would happen if Flynn really were to ignore the committee's subpoena?
Flynn Intel was paid only $530,000 for the work, which ended in November after Trump's election victory.
Opening himself up to questioning from Senate investigations would be risky for Flynn given his current legal troubles.
Earlier on Thursday, the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.
Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser. The Intelligence Committee would have to vote whether to issue a citation for contempt, and if so, the full Senate would then vote on it.
Under a provision of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act, the Senate has another contempt mechanism: civil enforcement.