Grassley, Feinstein 'Disappointed' Comey Won't Testify for Panel
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 17:53
The Senate Intel Committee says it has not received response from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's lawyer, correcting an earlier statement made by its chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen.
Flynn was ousted earlier this year from his senior administration job.
On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that he had appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel in charge of the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and the ties between Russia and the Trump campaign officials.
Comey was sacked by Trump earlier this month.
Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to testify in open session before one of the congressional committees that extended the invitation.
Donald Trump's former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn, whom POTUS misses deeply, was considered an ally by Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, CNN reported Friday night. Comey also reportedly filed a memo after a February 14 White House meeting in which he claimed that Trump asked him to end the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "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 U.S. elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Burr said.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has blamed the Obama administration for not sufficiently vetting Flynn, pointing out that Flynn had a security clearance under the previous president. And despite the warning, Trump picked Flynn for the national security post.
"He did not want to be national security adviser", Michael Ledeen, who co-authored the book "The Field of Flight" a year ago with Flynn, told The Daily Beast. Conversations monitored by USA intelligence document the Kremlin's bragging about their relationship with Flynn and his utility as a tool to influence the White House.
In Sunday TV appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his Federal Bureau of Investigation work. Trump said during a September campaign rally in Iowa. The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump.
The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.