Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 17:29
Although final details about Comey's testimony have not been worked out, a source told CNN it could come as early as the start of June.
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly as early as next week before the Senate to confirm accusations that President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct his agency's probe into alleged connections between top Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.
Mueller was chosen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Comey's dismissal and revelations that he kept notes of a February meeting indicating Trump asked him to close the agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Justice Department, in an attempt to quell the furor over Comey's ouster, this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the investigation. Thus, while impeachment and removal from office certainly remain a possibility for Trump if the DOJ's investigation finds that he did obstruct justice, facing criminal charges as a sitting president would be much more unlikely. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.
Trump has already met with several potential candidates to replace Comey, including acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov.
That's what Donald Trump will learn next week as the former FBI director plans to confirm that the President pressured him to end the investigation into Russia's ties with a top Trump aide.
The White House denied Comey's version of the meeting.
Congressional investigations into whether US President Donald Trump or his associates had improper contact with Russian Federation are heating up, with the probes shifting toward a dramatic, public phase that's inching closer to the president himself. Mr. Comey drafted a memo on the times he felt the president acted improperly in trying to influence an ongoing investigation. He called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, and later tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
The source said that Comey is expected to stand by those accounts in his testimony.
Following Mueller's appointment, it was unclear whether Comey would be allowed to testify before the Senate committee.
Trump allegedly asked Comey to "let go" of the investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties, a meeting that Comey chronicled in a two-page memo, the New York Times reported two weeks ago.