James Comey to Testify June 8 Before Senate Intelligence Committee

President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey in early May, later attributing that move to the ongoing federal probe into the "Russia thing".

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced today that former FBI Director James Comey will testify before that panel next Thursday, June 8, the first public comments by Comey since he was sacked by President Donald Trump just over three weeks ago.

The account, first reported by the New York Times, was based on a memo Comey wrote after the meeting.

The requests to unmask the names of Trump associates underwent the same stringent evaluations that US 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.

Subpoenas were approved Wednesday for Flynn and his company, Flynn Intel Group, and Cohen, and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

The department official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly announce the appointment. The hearing is part of the panel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Nunes retained his power to issue subpoenas.

The names of US citizens mentioned in foreign communications intercepted by USA intelligence agencies are normally redacted, or "masked", in intelligence reports.

Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the USA intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election in Trump's favor over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump fired Flynn in February for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. It reported that Cohen was involved in a back-channel plan, which never came to fruition, that would have involved a peace agreement between Russian Federation and Ukraine, and the lifting of US sanctions against Moscow.

Comey will also testify in closed session that afternoon, at 1 PM.

  • Larry Hoffman