Russia: Comey expected to testify in Senate, subpoenas issued for House probe

Trump has said he could make a "fast decision" on replacing James B. Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - although so far, the process has been anything but.

Comey's testimony will send the Trump administration further into unclear territory. A Democratic aide on the committee told NBC News that Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, would have issued those separately from the Russian Federation probe and without advising committee Dems.

The Intelligence panel has subpoenaed documents from Flynn and other Trump associates. Trump has characterized the probes as little more than a "witch hunt" and "fake news".

Whenever Comey does testify, it will be before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself-I said, you know, the Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

After his testimony, Comey will "continue to make himself available" to Mueller and investigators, according to the source. Page has called out "false narratives" of any inappropriate Russian Federation contacts. It marked the first time the White House had officially acknowledged that outside counsel had been retained.

But the report describes him as eager to discuss his tense exchanges with the president before his firing.

President Donald Trump has already hired Christie's former campaign manager and deputy chief of staff, Bill Stepien, as his political director, and brought former aide Matt Mowers into the State Department.

Panetta's comments come on the same day it was reported that Comey is prepared to testify publicly, possibly as early as next week, that indeed he was told to back off the Flynn investigation. "He's happy to testify, and he's happy to cooperate".

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said when the media got after the Comey bombshell with a vengeance, unleashing scoops by the dozen, courtesy the leaky vessels of Washington D.C. Both rejected Trump's proposal to issue a public statement denying the existence of any evidence that Flynn, Sessions, Kushner, Manafort, Stone, Page, and company coordinated with the Kremlin operation behind the Democratic National Convention's leaked emails.

"Why on earth was he put in a position in July 2016 to be holding a press conference announcing a decision with regard to whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton?" he said.

  • Larry Hoffman