Former FBI Director James Comey to testify next week

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, June 8, sources have confirmed.

Mr. Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate panel probing alleged Russian interference with the November 2016 presidential election and alleged collaboration with the Trump campaign will be his first public appearance since his ousting on May 9.

Mr. Comey is scheduled to appear in a public session in the morning and a closed session in the afternoon in which he will be quizzed on classified issues.

An inside source told CNN Wednesday that partĀ of the testimony Comey is expected to offer is related to a February conversation in the Oval Office in which Comey claims in personal notes President Trump pressured the Bureau to drop its probe of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Mr. Trump denies he attempted to influence Comey’s inquiry.

President Trump’s dismissal stirred outrage among White House critics and inspired theories suggesting Trump’s action was motivated by a desire to limit Comey’s probe into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and over a request for more resources to finance the Russia probe.

Both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have consistently denied an connection or influence over the election.

Following Comey’s dismissal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller special counsel tasked with taking the reins of the federal probe.

 

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