Former FBI Chief James Comey to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 23:25
Ousted former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, promising added sunlight on festering controversies that continues to plague President Donald Trump's administration. "I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Sen.
Former FBI director James Comey believes that President Trump was trying to influence him and the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, a source familiar with Comey's thinking told CNN on Saturday.
The new headlines were a fresh indication that Mr Trump would not be able to change the subject from what appears to be an intensifying investigation reaching toward the president and his inner circle.
But despite escalating tension surrounding the Russian Federation probe and Trump's interference with the investigation, White House staffers are more "numb than panicked", according to Axios.
They range from Trump giving the Russians classified intelligence from an ally without the ally's permission to allegations he asked Comey to stop the investigation into Flynn.
Lavrov had a meeting with Trump at the White House on May 10, the day after the President fired Comey.
The newspaper cited unnamed sources familiar with the probe as saying a current top White House official has been identified as a "significant person of interest", without disclosing the name of the person.
In a statement in response, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the report, but said Mr Comey had created "unnecessary pressure" on the US' ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation. The appointment came after some Democrats increased calls for impeachment and the Trump administration attempted to respond to a series of damaging reports and leaks. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it". Trump has denied that ever happened.
He said the investigation would have always continued, and the termination of Comey would not have ended it. "That's taken off", Trump told his guest in the Oval Office, the Times said, quoting notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a US official.
Later, however, Trump said that he had already made the decision to fire Comey before getting Sessions' and Rosenstein's input.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by the memo he wrote criticizing Comey.