James Comey to testify before U.S. Senate intelligence committee

Washington, May 20 Sacked FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before a Congressional committee in an open session about alleged Russian interference in the USA presidential polls previous year.

The President also dismissed reports that he demanded loyalty pledge from former FBI Director James Comey at a private dinner.Trump responded saying, “No, I didn’t but I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the U.S.is important”.

Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the US intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year’s election.

Graham said he was “surprised” Comey would agree to testify at all, “given the fact that we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related” to his conversations with Trump.

Following that admission, an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation memo surfaced written by Comey after a February meeting with Trump, in which he documented a request from President Trump.

Earlier this week, NPR confirmed that Trump had asked Comey to scuttle the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to a memo of the account written by Comey.

In his memo, Comey allegedly documented an instance after a meeting he had with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”, Comey quoted Trump in his memo. “Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it”, Warner said.

That flies in the face of the White House’s public insistence that Mr Comey’s dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.

This week, Burr and Warner made that invitation formal, inviting Comey to appear before the committee in both an open and closed session, despite Comey’s indications that he wanted to appear only in an open setting.

Following additional calls from several members of Congress for Comey to testify, Comey reiterated his willingness, but until now there was no official commitment.

Comey’s highly anticipated testimony, which will be slated after the Memorial Day congressional recess, comes after he was sacked by Trump May 9 amid a mounting investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump campaign associates and that country.