Fired FBI chief James Comey to testify publicly in Congress
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 0:05
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R. -S.C., said he was "surprised" former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the federal probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, the congressional investigations are likely to be largely frozen while newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller does his work.
"I very much appreciate former FBI Director Comey's willingness to publicly testify about his conversations with President Trump and other relevant matters", Graham's statement read. "I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", panel chairman Richard Burr said in a statement.
Comey on Friday agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee which is investigating possible Russian involvement in the 2016 USA presidential campaign and claims of collusion by Russian officials and President Donald Trump when running for office.
"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.
Democrat Senator Mark Warner said he expected Mr Comey to "shed light on issues critical to this committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election". "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov and the country's Ambassador to the USA, the Times reported, citing minutes of the meeting between Trump and the Russians. 'I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation.
The newspaper cited a document detailing the White House meeting Trump held with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after he fired Comey. We also urge Mr. Mueller to subpoena President Trump's tax returns and release them to the public.
The hearing will occur after Memorial Day, which is May 29, 2017. It did note that the White House has previously acknowledged contacts between Kushner and Russian Federation, and that Kushner is among those whose ties with Moscow have come under scrutiny.
The White House did not comment on the authenticity of Trump's conversation with the Russian officials in the Oval Office on May 9.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the President's rhetoric part of his deal-making.