Senators: Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

Warner said Comey’s testimony would help “answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President”. “Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it”.

“There is no reason he can’t testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI’s primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA and the nomination of the next FBI director”, the two senators also said. What the American people really need to know is whether Jared Kushner is a secret Russian mole, if Mike Pence is a clueless buffoon or scheming liar, where we’ve left off with regard to the investigation into Michael Flynn, and just how exactly Comey thought he could ever pull off hiding from Trump in the White House curtains.

And The New York Times said the US President had told top Russian officials Mr. Comey’s sacking had relieved “great pressure” on him.

The paper said the comments came from the White House’s written account of the Oval Office meeting. The report, which cited a USA official who has seen a document summarizing the meeting, said Trump also told the Russians the Federal Bureau of Investigation director “was insane, a real nut job.”.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to dampen down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Mr Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, the first stop on his first foreign trip as President.

Mr. Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Mr. Comey was a “nut job”, according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.

The probe is about to accelerate as investigators shift from work that has largely been hidden from the public to conducting interviews and asking for grand jury subpoenas, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. After the firing, associates of Comey leaked a February memo the FBI director had written describing a conversation in which Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynns dealings with Turkey and Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to take over and continue the Justice Department investigation into Russian election interference and possible links with Trump campaign aides.