Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify next week in Russia probe

Former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8, regarding his firing and the Russian Federation investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey, fired by Trump last month, is scheduled to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday. While the Trump administration said the firing was over Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the president has said the Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he removed his FBI director - who is appointed to a 10-year term to avoid political influence.

Nunes took a clandestine trip to the White House - one day after then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI had been investigating the Trump campaign since last July - and returned, telling reporters he had discovered evidence which supported Trump's claims that he was a victim of surveillance by the Obama administration.

The President has written about three separate conversations he had with Comey about whether he was under investigation, he further elaborated on those conversations in a televised interview with NBC, and he tweeted about them. The committee is also investigating possible ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation...

But asked directly whether Trump would use executive privilege to prevent Comey from speaking with lawmakers, Conway added: "The president will make that decision". Trump fired Comey on May 9.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, and claimed individual "patriotic" hackers may have carried out attacks during the U.S. election previous year. One memo alleged that Trump had asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who was sacked over his contact with Russia's ambassador.

A number of congressional committees, in addition to the Senate intelligence panel, are also looking into the matter.

It is possible, the sources said, that a series of interactions, each of which the source said could have been considered a "ham-handed misstep", might be seen differently by the former FBI Director with the benefit of hindsight, not to mention his own firing.

Trump ignored a shouted question after a White House bill-signing ceremony about whether he would try to block Comey from testifying in the Senate next week. "Any prior requests for information would have been undertaken without the minority's knowledge", said a senior Democratic committee aide.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation ahead of the presidential election.

The requests to unmask the names of Trump associates underwent the same stringent evaluations that USA privacy laws and intelligence regulations require for all such applications, and they produced nothing out of the ordinary, said the four officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

  • Leroy Wright