Politics Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before intel committee

03:53  20 may  2017
03:53  20 may  2017 Source:   CBS News

Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week

  Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week Recently ousted FBI Director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.It will be a closed session, meaning the public is not invited, according to a spokesperson for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before an open meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee , CNBC reports. In a statement issued on Friday evening, the committee said that it would schedule the hearing for after Memorial Day.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in open session, Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner announced on Friday. In a statement released late on Friday, the committee said the open hearing will be scheduled after Memorial Day.

President Trump, center, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sun., Jan. 22, 2017.: ap-17023368201857.jpg© AP ap-17023368201857.jpg

WASHINGTON -- Fired FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to committee's leadership.

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Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner announced late Friday that Comey will testify in a hearing to be scheduled after Memorial Day. But Comey has declined to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which also extended him an invitation to testify, according to that committee's chairman and ranking member.

The news comes at the tail end of a whirlwind day in Washington, following reports that President Trump told Russian diplomats he fired "nut job" Comey to "relieve pressure" from the Russia investigation, and that a senior White House adviser is a target of the law enforcement investigation into any ties between Russia and Trump associates.

Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week

  Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week Recently ousted FBI Director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.It will be a closed session, meaning the public is not invited, according to a spokesperson for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session at the Senate Intel Committee . The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session at the Senate Intel Committee . The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day.

Watch: Senate Intel Committee requests hearing on Comey memo

Earlier in the week, reports emerged that Mr. Trump divulged sensitive information to Russian diplomats and told Comey to drop the FBI investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey's expected testimony also comes after Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the FBI's Russia investigation.

"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 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media," Burr, a Republican, said in a statement.

Comey willing to testify, but only in public: report

  Comey willing to testify, but only in public: report James Comey declined an invitation to speak to a Senate panel in a closed-door session next week.Comey declined an invitation to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session next week.

The Senate Intelligence Committee just announced that former FBI Director James Comey has accepted their invitation to testify in an open hearing .

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee . The open hearing will be held after Memorial Day, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr and Virginia Sen.

Warner was slightly more specific, hoping Comey can answer events surrounding the president's actions.

"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President," Warner, a Democrat, said. "I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it."

Pressure is mounting in Congress -- especially among Republicans -- to scrutinize Mr. Trump's investigation in light of the rapid-fire sequences of events taking place since Comey's firing more than a week ago.

UPDATE 2-House panel chairman says FBI declines for now to meet request for Comey-linked documents .
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has declined to give the House Oversight Committee documents it had requested regarding communications between former FBI chief James Comey and President Donald Trump, the head of the panel said on Thursday. Load Error The FBI said it was still evaluating the request, which had a committee-set deadline of Wednesday, in light of the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the possibility of collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials seeking to influence the 2016 election, according to a letter released by committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.

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