Comey to testify openly about Trump discussions, not so on Russian Federation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:12
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI's investigation into potential Russian interference in the USA presidential election.
The highly anticipated testimony comes after Comey's abrupt dismissal May 9.
Comey documented his conversations with the president in memos.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have urged Comey to testify because of allegations that Trump pressured the former FBI director to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his contact with Russian Federation.
Washington Post reporter Robert Costa told MSNBC on Tuesday that the president would directly respond to Comey on Twitter as the testimony is underway. "I hope you can let this go".
Senior United States Senator from North Carolina Richard Burr said he's spoken several times to Comey, who can be expected to talk in detail about his conversations with Trump when he testifies openly on Thursday before the committee.
In addition to streaming online, you can also watch Comey's testimony directly on television. Only Comey's unceremonious pink slip, distributed while the FBI was in the midst of an investigation into the Trump presidential campaign, can set tolling the words "obstruction of justice" and raise the Nixonian question of whether the cover-up is worse than the alleged crime.
On Monday, the White House confirmed that Trump would not seek executive privilege to stop Comey from appearing before the committee. The White House has denied the president made that request.
Comey's perceptions are incredibly important, said Wine-Banks, and will determine whether Trump attempted to obstruct the FBI's investigation into Russian interference.
Carol Lee, Adam Entous, Ramesh Ponnuru and Jamelle Bouie preview next week's congressional testimony from former FBI Director James Comey.
White House officials had weighed trying to block Mr Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy. He will also likely discuss whether or not Trump provided him with specific directives in regards to investigating Flynn.