Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump's election campaign had links with Russian Federation in the U.S. polls a year ago.

The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, did not identify the senior Trump adviser except to say that the person of interest was close to Trump, a Republican who entered the White House four months ago.

Trump, accompanied by wife Melania, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday.

It did not deny the Times report that Trump was critical of Comey to the Russians the day after he fired him.

Comey to testify before Senate committee on Russian Federation probe
That prompted then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to warn the White House's top lawyer he might be susceptible to blackmail. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement released Friday evening.

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The committee's chairman, Senator Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, announced that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.

The president's move came days after Comey testified in Capitol Hill about the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling into the U.S. elections and a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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"This was a five-alarm fire from early on.The way the Russians were talking about him", an official of the previous Obama administration said.

In response to the latest reports on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer again rejected the allegations and said, "A thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. The Justice Department's newly appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller, was given the authority to investigate not only potential collusion but also related allegations, which would include obstruction of justice.

A White House official said: "We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation".

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We know Trump is not happy with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done. But he added: "I haven't lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven't". Comey publicly confirmed the existence of the investigation in March, telling Congress that his agents were investigating Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the presidential election and whether anyone in the Trump campaign had been involved.

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