Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in Senate on June 8

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before a Senate committee next Thursday as part of a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the us presidential election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He'll testify in open session first and then in closed session in the afternoon.

After the firing, U.S. media reported that Trump asked Comey in a private meeting to halt an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's business ties with Moscow.

The formal subject of the hearing, slated to begin at 10 a.m., is Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey was sacked in early May by President Trump, kickstarting a series of fresh scandals involving the White House and Russia's ties to top Trump aides.

A source told CNN on Wednesday Comey has spoken privately with special counsel Robert Mueller to work out the parameters for his testimony to ensure there are no legal entanglements as a result of his public account.

The White House gave many reasons for Comey's firing, with the president himself noting the Russian Federation investigation was a factor.

The president reportedly told Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

The special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation authorized Comey to testify before the committee, a Comey associated told AP on Wednesday.

  • Leroy Wright