What Will Comey Testify About Before the Senate?
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 2:03
Comey is expected to testify about his documentation of interactions with Mr. Trump, in which the president asked Comey for his loyalty and asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Another senior committee aide said any subpoenas related to the unmasking issue would have been sent by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after being criticized for being too close to the White House. The substance of his testimony is a source of much speculation and will surely be a pivotal moment in the course of the investigations into President Donald Trump's campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation. "It should have been over with a long time ago".
The House committee also issued subpoenas for records and testimony from Cohen and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.
Even assuming that Trump was improperly motivated in firing Comey, motive alone should never constitute a crime. Comey will likely sit down with Mueller, a longtime colleague at the Justice Department, for a formal interview only after his public testimony.
"He played a key role as FBI director in conducting a preliminary investigation into this whole issue", Panetta, who also served as Central Intelligence Agency director under former President Barack Obama, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. I am not at all convinced that Comey's confirmation that the president of the United States actively sought to obstruct a federal investigation is going to do any more damage to him than any of his other screwups have. Director James Comey is expected to testify next week in an open hearing on Capitol Hill, making his first comments since his abrupt firing by President Trump.
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. Mark Warner's office says Warner hopes Comey will testify next week, but there's nothing to announce at this time.
The Senate's main inquiry is the nature of Comey's encounters with President Donald Trump and whether Comey took contemporaneous notes of their meetings, as reported in the media.